The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 30, 2013

Benefits harvested from food program

Why it matters: Healthier foods and an economy boost make the Farm to School program worthwhile.

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Some school districts are hesitant to commit to buying local produce because of the expense. But state officials say that many have found creative ways to overcome the cost barrier by including the Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program or selling local foods ala carte for a higher price.

Some schools reported that the increase in meals sold after introduction of the program helped increase revenue. In Mankato with the Minnesota Valley Action Council establishing local food hub to buy and distribute local produce, it should be much easier for schools to get their hands on the local food.

In this area, where growers are around the corner from schools, participating in the Farm to School program makes a lot of sense.

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