Maryland Home Grown Lunch Week

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Presentation given by Stewart Eidel of Maryland Department of Education during the workshop titled "3 Places, 3 Approaches: Lessons from Farm to School Weeks in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC."

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Maryland Home Grown Lunch Week

  1. 1. Maryland 24 school systems 1,450 1 450 schools 850,000 students , 450,000 school lunches 6,000 school foodservice workers 2010 All engaged in Farm to School
  2. 2. Maryland Home Grown School Lunch Week  Maryland Legislation passed in 2008  Jane Lawton – Jamie Raskin....  Promote the sale of Maryland-grown products in y g p Maryland school meals, and  Connect Maryland Farmers to School Meals Programs, Programs and  Educate students about where their food comes from, how it is produced, and the benefits of a healthy diet diet.  Conduct a Maryland Home Grown Lunch Week  September 22-26 2008 22-26,  September 14-18,2009  September 13-17, 2010
  3. 3. How do you make an unfunded  mandate, into a… mandate into a A Fun Date Man!
  4. 4. •Agriculture •Health ea t •Education •NGO •Associations •Extension •Farmers •Schools •MIP’ MIP’s Key Partners
  5. 5. Right people involved •ask “how” – not “why”y •know their systems •are decision-makers •can make something happen (with no $) •Build relationships based on p collaboration & consensus “Start with a small goal and people will  always exceed your expectations always exceed your expectations”
  6. 6. Engaged leaders
  7. 7. Happy  Happy Campers
  8. 8. Brave  Brave Farmers
  9. 9. Willing Administrators
  10. 10. Committed Champions
  11. 11. Local successes
  12. 12. Generous contributors
  13. 13. A goat  g (optional)
  14. 14. Happy  Happy Clucks  (optional)
  15. 15. Easy Menu items
  16. 16. Menu items  featuring Maryland grown products f i l d d • Pizza with local peppers,   onions and basil • Hamburgers w/local cheese  • Mac and cheese with Mac and cheese with  butternut squash • Maryland veggie sub with  cheese h • Bison burgers • Cucumber bean salad Cucu be bea sa ad • Zucchini tomato salad • Roasted carrots • Maryland veggie wrap
  17. 17. •Apples i •Asian pears •Carrots •Cabbage •Broccoli Eggs •Eggs •Green beans •Pears •Peaches •Sweet corn •Watermelon
  18. 18. What’s in your Salad ?? y
  19. 19. Maryland Home Grown Lunch Week Examples E l Frederick County  Apples from Catoctin Mountain Orchard  cantaloupe and watermelon. Anne Arundel County Arlington Echo Outdoor Learning Center classes cooked with local foods  chocolate zucchini cake  salsa,  squash  mac–n-cheese mac n cheese  green beans.
  20. 20. Maryland Home Grown Lunch Week Examples E l Cecil County - Cecilton Elementary  Asian pears,  cherry tomatoes  rainbow carrots Calvert school  Watermelon  sweet corn
  21. 21. Celebrate the Successes
  22. 22. Neighbors serving Neighbors
  23. 23. Posters! Fantastic Fruits and  Vegetables!
  24. 24. Challenges • Limited processing Limited processing capacity • Connecting local Connecting local  growers to schools • D li Delivery to schools h l (1,400) • Recalcitrance  g y • Procurement rigidity
  25. 25. Solutions  Start Small  Pick low hanging (local) fruit  Partner  Pa tne Partner  Partner
  26. 26. Next Steps  Institutionalize the program  Seek funding/staffing  Identify key roadblocks  Identify resources  Set a strategic planning process  Identify evaluation opportunities
  27. 27. In the end  it is all about:  it is all about: • relationships • trust and  • a focus on a focus on  children’s health.
  28. 28. Farm to School Cures Obesity Epidemic!
  29. 29. Shelby and Reese Lilly and Molly
  30. 30. Molly and Velvet y Reese and Ginger

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