LEONARDTOWN, MD – St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) will celebrate Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week during the week of September 24 through 28, 2018. During this week, White Marsh Elementary School will be hosting our annual celebration, which will include visits from local farmers and local food featured in the cafeteria.

Various community partners will be assisting the SMCPS Department of Food and Nutrition Services to engage students in activities all day. The University of Maryland Extension office staff will bring local farmers to the school to teach students about the route their food takes from farm to tray. Additionally, we will have the Dr. James A. Forrest Career & Technology Center’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) program in attendance to assist and guide students through a planting activity. Nutritional programs will teach children about the importance of an active, healthy lifestyle in an effort to combat childhood obesity and enhance the role farms play in healthy eating and exercise. This event will also allow students to sample local vegetable-based snacks.

Maryland Home Grown School Lunch Week aims to bring more Maryland-grown products to school lunch rooms and to help educate students about where their food comes from, how it is produced and the benefits of a healthy diet.
More information about Maryland’s Farm to School initiative is available at: http://mda.maryland.gov/farm_to_school/Pages/farm-to-school.aspx