The United States Department of Agriculture’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” program is being tested in five Idaho schools.
“Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food,” is a new program that provides schools with produce from local farms and ranches. The funding for the program comes from the USDA’s Team Nutrition.
“It’s vital that we provide our children with nutritious meals so they are able to learn and thrive,” said USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Deputy Under Secretary Janey Thornton. “And incorporating local produce into school menus is a wonderful way to ensure that they have access to the fruits and vegetables that are such an important part of a healthy diet.”
The Obama Administration started the program to help combat childhood obesity in schools. The program also aims to boost local agriculture and economy.
The program is currently under observation as five schools including Boise’s Whitney Elementary School. Officials are examining the cost and effect the program has on the schools.
For more information on “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” or agriculture funding, contact Farm Plus at 866-929-5585.