East Greenbush Central School District has joined a new farm-to-school program to increase fresh, New York State grown produce in school breakfast and lunch menus.
Beginning in September 2017, the District will purchase lettuce, green beans, cucumbers, onions, broccoli and cauliflower through Capital Roots, a local nonprofit that connects local farms and schools to strengthen the economy and benefit those communities.
East Greenbush CSD is one of two Capital Region school districts to participate in this program, along with Berlin Central School District.
“I feel that buying local supports the families in this school district, and teaches students the importance of supporting our community,” said Food Services Manager Phyllis Sanford-Krug.
There is no cost for the District to participate in the program because of a grant awarded to Rensselaer County from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.
About Capital Roots
Capital Roots is a nonprofit organization that has worked since 1975 to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in the region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages, and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.