Farm to School A Growing Success in Alabama

satsumaThere’s success to report about a program aimed at getting more fresh fruits and vegetables into school lunchrooms across the state.

Today, Alabama’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries and other leaders talked to students at Dalraida Elementary school in Montgomery.
The were introducing the students to the satsuma, a variety of the mandarin orange grown right here in Alabama.

The satsuma is filling up lunchrooms across the state as part of the Farm to School Program. So far, 1,500 schools in the state are taking part in the program. State leaders and farmers alike say it’s a great way to get kids to eat healthier and help the economy at the same time.

Alabama gets $3,000,000 dollars in federal funding for the farm to school program.  Of that, $1,000,000 is spent with farmers in the state to get their food in school lunchrooms.

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