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Feeding the Future With Local Foods – It’s Elementary!

Feeding the Future With Local Foods – It’s Elementary!

By Meals Nutrition and Purchaser Solutions Deputy Beneath Secretary Stacy Dean and Marketing and advertising and Regulatory Programs Deputy Underneath Secretary Mae Wu

As Deputy Underneath Secretaries, it is not each and every working day that we get to don aprons and make chicken enchiladas as section of our do the job. But for the duration of a stop by to Tyler Elementary College in Virginia’s Prince William County to rejoice National Nourishment Month, which is specifically what we did!

There we joined Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) to satisfy state and faculty district officials and discuss the issues they’ve confronted in holding healthy food items on the menu at the 95 universities in their county. We ended up impressed with the imaginative means approximately 800 faculty nutrition experts there are beating offer chain concerns and inspired to hear how they usually include regionally sourced food items into faculty foods.

The timing could not have been far better for us to also discuss about the new supplemental American Rescue Prepare funding for the Nearby Agriculture Market place System (LAMP). LAMP grants market opposition and develop far more and much better marketplaces for area and regional foodstuff producers by growing and strengthening opportunities to promote to establishments including universities.

Following meeting with a fantastic team of college students, we talked with the college nutrition staff who gave us a hands-on lesson in one particular of the scratch recipes they make for the almost 77,000 foods the district serves each and every working day. Applying domestically sourced rooster and tortillas from a close by taqueria, we helped get ready a single of the quite a few delectable things on the faculty lunch menu that working day: rooster enchiladas!

As we organized to leave the school, we watched young children creating their way to the cafeteria, ready to get pleasure from the healthful foodstuff we geared up along with the committed employees. Their smiles reminded us how important our operate is at USDA, whether or not it is in an business office, the discipline, or in this circumstance, a university cafeteria.