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The mission of the Rappahannock County Public School Nutrition Services Program is to provide safe and healthy food and nutrition education in a friendly, clean, welcoming environment. We strive to meet or exceed standards set by the National School Lunch Program for nourishment in our schools to facilitate learning among our student and staff community.
The Nutrition Services Department of Rappahannock County Public Schools is working to make lunchtime a learning time for all of our students. In addition to banning trans-fats and sodas in our schools, we have also introduced more vegetarian options, increased our scratch cooking, and strive to educate students about how important exercising and eating right are to create a healthy future for the future leaders of our community and nation.
Local foods are a focal point of our educational program. In conjunction with the USDA Farm to School Program, Rappahannock Schools is working with local producers and distributors to meet our goal of increasing our purchase of local foods. The reasons are simple: local foods require fewer shipping costs, they support the local economy, and we believe that the foods harvested within a couple of days taste better and have more nutrients for your body!
We also have gardens in our schools thanks to the Headwaters Foundation's Farm-to-Table Program and many local supporters. The gardens are used by various classes in the schools to help students connect with their food and understand it from seed to mouth. Students grow food for the Rappahannock Food Pantry and for the school cafeterias. If you are interested in helping maintain the gardens, we have contacts for that as well.
Go local with Rappahannock County Public Schools, and help us make lunchtime a learning time!
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