Maine Harvest Lunch Week celebrated Sept. 22-26

The Maine DOE School Nutrition Program is inviting Maine schools to celebrate Maine Harvest Lunch Week Sept. 22-26.

The intent of the annual awareness week is to promote fresh, local food in school cafeterias and teach students where their food comes from, including local farms, gardens and greenhouses. Maine schools have found creative ways to celebrate in the past, including decorating lunch rooms to showcase local food and inviting area farmers into the classroom to speak with students.

For more information on how to recognize Maine Harvest Lunch Week in your school, please contact Maine DOE School Nutrition Education Specialist Stephanie Stambach at stephanie.stambach@maine.gov or 624-6732.

Also that week, the Maine DOE School Nutrition will partner with the Maine School Garden Network for a School Garden Open House Day to showcase school gardens and the hard work of the students and staff who maintain them. For more information, visit www.msgn.org.