Schools across the State Encouraged to Enroll in 'Nebraska Thursdays'

October 22, 2018 - 12:03pm

"Nebraska Thursdays” is a new project that gives schools the ability to serve a locally-sourced meal in their cafeterias the first Thursday of every month.

With funding from a USDA Farm to School grant, five schools across Nebraska participated in the pilot program during the 2017-2018 school year. More than 42,000 students have been impacted by the program already.

Sandra Renner, a project associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, said this program not only benefits the schools but the communities as well.

“Obviously it’s going to have a benefit nutritionally to the students, and also the schools are going to benefit from an increased engagement. We found that schools that have Farm to School have more engaged communities surrounding them, contributing to it," Renner said. "It’s really something that when they’re learning it at school they take it home.”

The pilot program also resulted in the creation of resources such as promotional items and an interactive recipe portal. Schools can enroll in the program and learn more by visiting the Nebraska Department of Education website. 

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