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Farm-to-School Provides Fresh Lunches

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BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. -

For the past three years, the Beaufort County School District along with the Gullah Farmers co-op have worked to bring about the 'farm-to-school program," which has farmers bringing in fresh produce to the school cafeterias for lunches.

From the field to the cafeteria, locally grown produce is now on the menu for students. And farmer Jacky Frazier of Barefoot Farms, says the new district instigative is great for the community.

"We provide nutritious fresh vegetables for the schools, and its picked the same day that its delivered to the schools."

Right now, the vegetable of choice is collard greens and these fresh lunches wont cost the district any more money.

The school district rolled out the program for schools in the northern part of the county,last week, after years of work.

"The school district is not only taking care of providing an education for the students, but we're also concerned in providing healthy meals for the kids and using locally grown produce to do that also," said Roberta Peterson of the district.

As for the food? Well, principal, Nicole Holloman says the students at St. Helena Elementary cant get enough of the collard greens.

"They love it! they are so tasty, its just like their parents whether its their moms or their grandmothers,they are enjoying them so much."

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