Charlottesville Schools Implement Food Programs in Woman's Memory
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Charlottesville City Schools is working to provide students with healthier food options.
The two new programs the school system is implementing are called A Bushel and a Peck and Lisa's Local on the Line, and both aim to honor the memory of the woman who started it all.
Lisa Reeder, who worked at the Local Food Hub, was passionate about all things food and agriculture. Now, the Charlottesville community is making sure her message survives.
“I think that she has left an amazing legacy,” Portia Boggs, the Local Food Hub's associate director of philanthropy, said.
Reeder was a tireless advocate for the Charlottesville food community.
“Lisa battled melanoma since 2012 and she was healthy, but it’s just one of those diseases you can't always beat,” Geoff Shaw, Reeder's partner, said.
Since her passing in October, Charlottesville City Schools has been working to celebrate her life and passion for healthy food by hosting two programs in her honor.
“Local on the Line is a program through the city school system to try to get more local food on the lunch line in the schools," Boggs said.
The program provides produce from central Virginia for kids in city schools once a month, and it was recently named for Reeder for her large role in creating it.
“She taught me how important it was to have people who have good food, so we have all have food to eat every day for a meal and I feel like that's really important," Lincoln Shaw, Reeder’s son, said.
Lincoln is currently a fourth-grade student at Burnley-Moran Elementary School, and he’s working to make sure other kids like him in city schools can get healthy snacks during the day.
“This year there wasn't enough money - the schools didn't have enough money - to give food to the kids, and so Bushel and a Peck helped raise that money and get the snacks to the kids and now we have fresh apples for snacks," Lincoln said.
Reeder’s family and friends say these programs will help carry her hard work forward for years to come.
“It means so much that these programs are happening in her legacy, but it would mean so much to her that they're happening,” Shaw said.
"I feel really proud of her and what she did and I know she completed her goal,” Lincoln said.
A Bushel and a Peck is supplying snacks based on donations. If you're interested in donating, click here.