October 16, 2013
|Dave Misterka and Agriculture Secretary George Greig prepared sautéed zucchini and squash for students to sample.
This week Jefferson Middle School students had a lesson on the benefits of eating locally produced food with a lunchtime visit and cooking demonstration from Agriculture Secretary George Greig.
The students sampled PA Preferred squash and zucchini from Wexford Farms prepared by Greig and school chef Dave Misterka. October is National Farm to School Month and Oct. 14-18 is National School Lunch Week.
"When you eat food that was made or grown in Pennsylvania, you're supporting local farmers and keeping money in your community - plus, fresh food tastes great," said Greig. "Across the state, school districts like Mt. Lebanon are making a difference to their students, farmers and communities by serving quality, locally produced food." Greig said PA Preferred, the official brand of agricultural products grown or made in Pennsylvania, helps school districts identify local producers.
Mt. Lebanon sources its ingredients from Pittsburgh-based Paragon Wholesale Foods, which works with more than 25 local farms and 30 dairy farms.
Each month, the District features a Farm of the Month and produce grown by the farm on the lunch menu.
The federally-funded National School Lunch Program, administered in Pennsylvania by the departments of Agriculture and Education, provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students. The program has been serving the nation's children for more than 60 years, including more than 1.8 million Pennsylvania children who eat school lunches each day.