There is veritable interest within Wisconsin in improving the health of school children and strengthening the viability of local producers. Pioneering farm to school efforts exist as part of the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch (WHL), a community-based initiative working with the Madison Metropolitan School District Food Service to enhance the existing meal programs by introducing fresh, nutritious, locally produced foods to students.
The foundation for WHL began in 2002, after Sara Tedeschi, an organic farmer, nutritionist, and parent with children in the Madison Metropolitan School District contacted Research, Education, Action and Policy (REAP) Food Group, a collection of farmers, restaurateurs, nutritionists, professors, students, and other concerned citizens. What emerged out of research and collaboration is the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch (WHL), a joint farm to school project of REAP and the University of Wisconsin's Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS).
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