Districts say local produce in lunch is costly but worthwhile

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Photo by Lewis Geyer/Boulder Daily Camera

The Boulder Valley School District will join the St. Vrain Valley School District in working with area farmers to include more local food in school meals.

St. Vrain’s food services director Shelly Allen told the Daily Camera that preparing local produce for a school lunch is much more labor intensive than serving already processed vegetables, “but we think it’s worth it.”

Earlier this month, The Denver Post reported “demand for local produce far outpaces supply” in Colorado schools.  As a result, a group of organizations launched a pilot program on the Western Slope which awarded a $90,000 grant to Mesa and Montrose school districts, along with eight farmers.

Grand Junction television station KREX spoke with the director of food and nutrition services for District 51, in Mesa County, who said one-fifth of its produce comes from local sources and “local food helps teach students to support the economy, and about agriculture.”

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