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BCPS receives Healthy Places NC funds for cafeterias, gardens

posted Nov 19, 2015, 6:54 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 7:02 AM ]

Burke County Public Schools is the recipient of a grant for cafeteria equipment and school gardens from Healthy Places NC, an initiative of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The projects will improve the lives of local students as Burke County Public Schools continues its partnership with food service management company Chartwells, which provides made-from-scratch, wholesome breakfasts and lunches in our school cafeterias. The projects also will teach elementary students at five schools about gardening and the farm-to-table concept.

The grant totals $98,000, which will help purchase cooking and warming equipment for elementary, middle and high schools. The five elementary schools receiving funding for the garden program are Forest Hill, Icard, Hildebran, Mountain Crest and Salem. The schools will partner with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project and Growing Minds on the gardens. Taste tests of fresh produce and classroom curriculum are part of the program.

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam said, “Burke County Public Schools is so appreciative of Healthy Places NC for awarding us this funding to help enhance our school cafeterias and start school gardens. Our partnership with Chartwells is off to a great start as we have already seen more students eating breakfast and lunch at school. Now, with the support of Healthy Places NC, we can complete much needed upgrades of the equipment in our cafeterias to better serve students. The overall goals include providing students with meals that they want to eat and that are good for them. The garden program helps us take that a step further by introducing students, staff, parents and the community to the farm-to-table concept and educating us all on making healthier food choices. I'm excited to see this new endeavor unfold and its positive impact on our school system and community.”

Photo: Oak Hill Elementary School students enjoy lunch in their cafeteria.

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