Lee County Schools to Host “Florida Crunch” Events

Lee County Schools to Host “Florida Crunch” Events
Posted on 10/27/2021
Lee County Schools to Host “Florida Crunch” Events

Students at three schools are celebrating National Farm to School Month by participating in the annual Florida Crunch this week. The event includes a taste test with all students in the cafeteria simultaneously taking a bite of Romaine lettuce. The lettuce students will be trying was grown and harvested by students at Island Coast High School.

“Our Goal is to expose as many students as we can to fresh produce grown right in their own county,” says Amy Carroll, Registered Dietitian and Coordinator of Special Projects for Food & Nutrition Services. “Partnering with school gardens also allows us to utilize the cafeteria as a place of nutrition education in our effort to cultivate smarter lunchrooms. We hope to provide the participating schools with romaine lettuce grown at Island Coast High School for the rest of the year.”

The Florida Crunch is held in partnership with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension Family Nutrition Program (FNP), and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). Students will learn about Florida agriculture and the benefits of consuming local fruits and vegetables.

Florida Crunch Events are taking place at the following schools:

  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
  • Orangewood Elementary
  • Edison Park Elementary

National Farm to School Month occurs each October to highlight the importance of farm to school programs such as school gardens, nutrition education, and the sourcing of local products for school lunches. These programs help to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of their food.