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(Washington, DC) – Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1) issued the following statement today announcing the Farm to School “Crunch-Off” tomorrow, Friday, October 25, at 11 AM, at Clinton Elementary School, 1520 North 29th St., in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

“The Farm to School program feeds kids, teaches kids, inspires kids about local, nutritious food and farm life. I am really happy that the children of Nebraska will benefit from this program and that our schools are embracing it,” Fortenberry said.

The Farm to School Crunch-Off will honor Farm to School Month by promoting locally grown produce served in schools.  Nebraska is participating in the Crunch-Off along with Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming to determine which state can “crunch” the crunchiest fruits and vegetables.

Joining the Congressman at the Clinton Elementary Crunch-Off event are:

Cheryl Kennedy, Acting Regional Administrator for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). She oversees fifteen hunger prevention and nutrition programs across a ten-state region;

Andrea Alma, Farm to School Regional Lead, Mountain Plains Region, Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture;

Sarah Smith, Local Department of Education Farm to School Lead.

Kids are notorious for their love of hot dogs but they won’t get them in New York City schools this year for lunch. A Fox 5 New York Dot Com article says the Board of Education will no longer allow processed meats in public school cafeterias following a resolution passed by the New York City Council.

Councilman Fernando Cabrera is a Bronx Democrat who sponsored the resolution. “We’re talking about hot dogs, we’re talking about cold cuts, and we’re talking about any processed meats,” he says. Salami and cheese sandwiches are no longer on the menu, as well as bologna and cheese sandwiches, cheese and turkey ham sandwiches, and pre-sliced Canadian turkey bacon and turkey ham.

The Board of Education says it banned the meats that are defined by the World Health Organization as “processed.” The city has already stopped serving any meat products on Mondays, which Mayor Bill de Blasio says is a way to help reduce greenhouse gasses.