Local and Organic Food for Public Schools, November 4 & 5, 2005

American Flatbread + Flatbread Kitchen
For the weekend of November 4 & 5, 2005
Tonight’s Menu and Baking are dedicated to

Local and Organic Food for Public Schools

Tonight we raise $8 for every flatbread sold. These funds will help 8 ACSU public schools buy more locally grown food to nourish our students. Thank you for supporting this effort.

Why buy local food? “The average item of food on the American dinner plate travels 1,600 miles between where it is grown and where it is eaten.” (Richard Pirog, Iowa State).
Is this better food? Nope: “Vitamin C content decreases with time after harvest, little may be left in green leaves after two or three days.” (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

Is buying local food better for the local economy? Yes. Local and regional farmers require profitable and stable markets for their products. Our school food budgets could help support our community farms, preserving the landscape we love while providing better nutrition and better tasting food. Vermont Property Taxes could support Vermont farmers – WOW!

“The number of salespeople from Kraft, General Mills, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Tyson, etc., who walk through the doors of school food-service offices is staggering.” (Louella Hill, Grist Magazine, September 2005)
Do those business people care about nourishing our local kids more than Will and Judy Stevens at Golden Russet Farms, Rob Litch at Misty Knoll, or Cecilia & Hank Bissell at Lewis Creek? Nope.

We are not alone in this thinking. Communities from California to New York, Florida to North Carolina, Iowa to Vermont are getting active about bringing locally grown foods to their schools.

Thank You local heroes Steve Hall, Woody Danforth and all the local food-service professionals who feed our children, and their teachers, so well and so often. Your daily work of feeding our community is recognized and cherished.

Thank you all for coming tonight! Love, Jen

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