BOCES, Local Schools Wrap Up National Farm to School Month with New York Food Day
The school districts in the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Food Service program as well as Whitesboro and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill will participate in a New York Food Day on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, a partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County. All of the buildings in 16 school districts, plus the OHM BOCES, will be serving a menu featuring locally grown, processed and produced items.
The menu for the day will feature cheese quesadillas, Halloween beans, local garden salad, local apples, New York state milk and yogurt.
“Hosting New York Food Days in our local schools has been a wonderful way to introduce our students to the great taste and health benefits of locally grown and produced foods,” said Kate Dorr, OHM BOCES assistant school lunch director and registered dietitian nutritionist. “By providing access to nutritious, high-quality, local food, we’re creating an opportunity to educate students about food, health, agriculture and nutrition, while also strengthening the local economy.”
Partnering farms and businesses include: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County, Byrne Dairy, Carlo Masi Sons and Daughter, Common Thread CSA, Cuba Cheese Shoppe, Gianforte Farm, Radicle Farm and Zennyll Farm.
The event coincides with the last day of National Farm to School Month, a month-long celebration created in 2010 by The National Farm to School Network to enrich the connection schools and students have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers.
What: New York Food Day
When & Where: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, during lunch periods
OHM BOCES: Clinton CSD
Mt. Markham CSD
New York Mills Union Free School
New Hartford CSD
Owen D. Young CSD
Richfield Springs CSD
Sauquoit Valley CSD