This week, Eat REAL is celebrating the California Department of Education’s Farm to Summer Celebration Week! Farm to Summer is all about sourcing local foods and teaching kids about agriculture and nutrition. Thank you to all the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option operators who facilitate this week of learning and healthful farm-fresh food.
This year’s celebration has three main activities; Taste, teach, and connect. Food program operators will supply locally sourced food items from school gardens, individual farmers, or the farmers’ market that students can taste. They will provide kids with nutrition and agriculture-based education to better understand where food comes from and how different foods affect their health. Teaching children about real food empowers them to build life-long healthy habits. Lastly, they will connect with their local communities to continue promoting the benefits of farm-fresh local foods.
Locally sourced real foods are not only good for your health, but they also support local communities and the environment. Eat REAL was recently awarded a Farm to School Incubator Grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture that will allow us to continue to build the farm to community connection during the school year through our Eat REAL Certification program. The grant will help us replicate and scale our Eat REAL Certification program in high need regions expanding access to real food for thousands of students and supporting California farmers in the process. We are proud to continue our work helping school foodservice teams improve the nutritional value of meals and source sustainable ingredients to build healthy children and a healthy world.