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As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released data documenting the trend of more and more schools serving school meals from locally grown food. The schools reported that kids ate more and threw away less when served fresh, locally grown food.

The idea is to get kids to eat more, to try new food and to get them interested in healthy food.

“According to this “census” of farm-to-school programs, at least 42,000 schools spent almost $600 million on local food during the 2013-2014 school year. That’s up almost 50 percent from the previous census, conducted two years earlier. (Both “censuses” were actually a questionnaire that the USDA sent to schools.)”

But schools still have a long way to go. “Even those in the new census that did promote local food spent, on average, only 20 percent of their dollars on produce that grew close by.” Read more.

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