October is Farm to School Month

YOUNGSTOWN — Ohio’s Farm to School Program provides youth, pre-K through college, with access to nutritious meals, while supporting local farmers and communities. Lake-to-River Cooperative makes aggregation and distribution of locally grown fruits and vegetables easier for both farmers and buyers.

By drawing product from an assortment of diverse farms, Lake-to-River Cooperative can offer a wide variety of regional items. This enables school districts throughout Trumbull and Mahoning County to purchase apples, melons, peppers, tomatoes and more directly from farmers for use in school lunch menus.

Healthy eating

Farm to School programs encourage students to develop healthy eating habits, help keep more local money in the local economy and bring people together to make their community better for all.

Partners in this effort include: Lake-to-River Cooperative, OSU Extension and Trumbull County Health Education Department and numerous school districts throughout Trumbull and Mahoning Counties as well as Youngstown State University.

Network

Lake-to-River Cooperative is a cooperative network for the exchange of sustainable foods and supplies between producers and processors and institutional, commercial and retail consumers in the Northeast Ohio region. Lake-to-River works to support small-scale, family-run, regionally-based sustainable farms and producers and encourage cooperation and mutual aid among farmers.

If you’d like more information about this topic contact Melissa Miller at 330-360-0648 or info@laketoriver.org.

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