News Release, Charles County Public Schools
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is participating in Maryland Homegrown School Lunch Week. During the week of Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, cafeterias at all schools and centers will have special menu items featuring products grown and produced locally. Items using local products on the menu that week include fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat products. Featured meals for the week include the following:
Monday, Sept. 30 – beef hot dogs, mini pizza rolls, fresh local green beans and roasted local sweet potato wedges
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – pulled chicken bbq sandwich, mini pizza rolls, texas beans, and tater tots
Wednesday, Oct. 2 – sweet and sour pork with fried rice, mini pizza rolls, fresh steamed broccoli and carrots
Thursday, Oct. 3 – Piggy Mac – pulled pork served over macaroni and cheese with bbq sauce, mini pizza rolls, local fresh corn on the cob and steamed spinach
Friday, Oct. 4 – Farm Fresh Friday – a variety of local entrees served throughout the week, mini pizza rolls, chef salad, baked beans, and coleslaw
“It is important that our students see firsthand the impact of farming and the benefits of local agriculture. Our students benefit from this program through healthy meal options, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and have fun learning about their local environments. It is important for students to learn about agriculture and where foods come from,” Superintendent Kimberly Hill said.
This is the third school year that CCPS has participated in Maryland Farm to School Week. Produce vendors may include Serenity Farms, Parker Farms, Miller Farms, and Casedy Farms. Hoffman’s Quality Meats, located in Hagerstown, is set to provide the beef hot dogs, pulled chicken, and pulled pork.
The program is part of the Maryland Farm to School initiative and seeks to provide students with locally grown and/or raised food options. Maryland is the first state to have all public school systems participate in the Farm to School program, which marks its 12th year this month.
Farm to School also supports hands-on learning activities for students, such as farm visits, school gardening clubs and culinary classes, and the integration of food-related education into the classroom curriculum.
Throughout the week, all schools will have fresh local fruit including red and green delicious apples, gala apples and peaches.
Secondary schools will have weekly specials including local beef hot dogs, local beef spicy hot dogs, and stuffed crust cheese pizza.
CCPS uses locally sourced foods as part of its food nutrition program during the school year. Maryland Farm to School is sponsored by the Maryland Department of Agriculture in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).