More than 23,000 pounds of locally grown produce is being delivered to De Pere and seven other Brown County school districts during October as part of a USDA Farm to School grant obtained by District Food Service community partners Wello and Seasonal Harvest, LLC.
Working with Wello, our Food Service is able to serve more locally grown, healthy food on lunch trays and encourage kids to eat it through nutrition education, gardening and taste-tests.
"Healthy food is central to well-being. Eating healthy food improves academic success, mental and physical well-being and supports the local economy," says Heather Reitmeyer, De Pere's Food Service Manager and Farm to School Coordinator.
The deliveries feature a variety of locally grown, kid-friendly produce including baby carrots, ground cherries, lunchbox peppers, cocktail cucumbers, and assorted cherry tomatoes.
Through the USDA grant, Wello and Seasonal Harvest -- a hub of small, local farmers -- collaborate with school districts to address logistical challenges to buying local produce in bulk. The work addresses every part of the process from planning and planting to harvesting and delivery.
Other participating schools districts include Ashwaubenon, Green Bay Area Catholic Education, Green Bay Area Public Schools, Howard-Suamico, Pulaski, West De Pere and Wrightstown.