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Bringing fresh fruit and veggies to school lunches

Rogue Valley Farm to School needs volunteers or parents to help prepare these meals.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 11:51 PM
Updated: Mar 7, 2019 11:09 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. -- On Wednesday night, parents in Ashland learned about a program that is bringing fresh produce to their children's school lunches. It's called Farm to School.

Kids and teachers grow vegetables outside the school. We have video above of what it looks like at Walker Elementary School.

Sheila Carder from Farm to School said that when kids grow their own vegetables or fruit, they are more likely to eat them. Plus it's supposed to help fight obesity. Right now the CDC says that one in five children and adolescents are obese in the United States. 

However, the program needs help from parents.

"If we can get help from the community, then we can create teams of volunteers that are helping with scratch cooking. That increases the capacity of the school district to serve healthier food," said Carder.

The volunteers will be in the kitchens cooking the meals for students from kindergarten to high school.

CLICK HERE for more information on the Farm to School program, or to sign up to volunteer.

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