South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools is pleased to announce that it will be one of 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia receiving support this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers. SEL Schools received an approximate $92,000 implementation grant to impact 3,700 students across six schools in the district.
The SEL Students Eating Locally Project has been receiving both local and national attention since its implementation by SEL Director, Chad Welker and Executive Chef, Kevin Needham, as the first district in Northeast Ohio to implement Farm to Fork in September 2010. Working collaboratively with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and CCBH Project Manager, Alison Patrick, the project now has received over $130,000 in grants from the USDA, Whole Foods, Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the American Dairy Association to fund the project and was named a Model Practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The project represents years of thoughtful planning, securing relationships with a local farm, Red Basket Farms, and implementing the program, all for the enhanced wellness benefits for our students. As a result, each school has a salad bar and menu options featuring the fresh local produce.
“The SEL Schools is proud of the food services program for the many honors that it has received in the past few years,” said District Superintendent Linda N. Reid. “The health and welfare of each of our students is a top priority, and an added comfort is taken in knowing that our internal measures to provide fresh food are recognized on a national level.”
Click further to learn more about the grant. In addition, the December Food Services menus are posted, so check them out, as well here!