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Local foods coming to school cafeterias today
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Local foods coming to school cafeterias today

Students are getting a "Taste of Washington" at their school cafeterias today.

Washington-grown foods will be specifically featured in local school cafeterias today, sponsored by the Washington Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Nutrition Association. "Taste Washington" day is meant to highlight the work being done to offer students the best quality foods at school.

Grant Elementary on East Ninth will highlight several local producers. One is a local grower from Omak, American Produce, who provides nearly $250,000 in produce for Spokane Public Schools.

Andy Billig, representative for the 3rd legislative district in Spokane, says this project is not only good for students, but business as well. “Healthy meals with fresh, local food improve student learning and student health while also helping local farmers,” Billig said. “Farm-to-school programs create a healthy community for all.”

According to Spokane Publics Schools, they estimate district spending will increase by up to $500,000 in this school year as part of a USDA-directed effort to increase fruit and vegetable consumption by students.

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