Homegrown School Lunch Week Promotes Locally-Grown Products

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Sept. 10, 2009) - St. Mary's County Public Schools will celebrate Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week, September 14-18, by including locally-grown products in school lunches. Select schools will also showcase this event with outside display stations set up and manned by local farmers, while lessons on healthy eating and farming will be delivered in classrooms.

Showcased events will be held at White Marsh Elementary on Tuesday, September 15, 9:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Town Creek Elementary on Wednesday, September 16, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and Oakville Elementary on Thursday, September 17, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The program aims to bring more Maryland-grown products to school lunch rooms and to help educate students about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and the benefits of a healthy diet.

More information on Maryland's Farm to School Initiative is available at www.mda.state.md.us/mdfarmtoschool.

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