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Cville Nonprofit Brings Fresh Food to Area Schools for "Farm to School Week"

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

School lunches get a fresh and local makeover this week. It's part of "Farm to School Week,” when kids will be feasting on dishes like grass-fed beef lasagna, steamed winter squash, and roasted red potatoes.

The Local Food Hub, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that aims to increase community access to local food, reaches about 25,000 students in six different school districts in central Virginia. All those students will be eating more fresh and local food this week as they celebrate Virginia Department of Agriculture-sponsored Farm to School Week.

The Local Food Hub has delivered fresh squash, broccoli, apples, pears as well as local unpastured beef to schools in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. That food will be featured on the lunch menus throughout the week. It's an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of healthy food.

"And that's really what Local Food Hub is all about. We believe that everyone should have access to fresh, local food. That it should be the norm not just the exception and there's no better place to start than in our schools,” said Kristen Suokko, executive director of Local Food Hub.

Some students will also get a chance to interact with farmers who will be visiting the schools this week. Farm to School Week goes through Friday.

To view different lunch menus and to learn more about Farm to School Week, click here.

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