New Farm to School meal program will be a win-win | Opinion

Coupeville School officials have publicly said they will start a Farm to School program this fall.

Coupeville School officials have publicly said they will start a Farm to School program this fall.

Farm to School programs are cropping up across the country and while each program is different, the focus is the same — getting students healthier food.

The National Farm to School Network is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing as well as food and agriculture education into schools.

Through the program, the district will work with its current food contractor, Chartwells, to purchase produce and other food items from local farmers.

Students and teachers can grow a garden on campus, which will allow children to learn about food production first-hand and appreciate their food.

Food always tastes better when you’ve grown it yourself.

And good nutrition helps students focus and do better in school.

The entire idea is a win-win.

Students get fresher, healthier food options at school.

Local farmers get additional business.

With more appealing dining options, kids will be more likely to eat lunch at school.

The district will in turn get more money pumping through its meal program. The local economy should see a boost as well.

Support from throughout the community is rising.

School officials are open to it, parents like the idea, farmers want it and everyone who seemingly needs to be involved has expressed interest.

Starting the program is a no-brainer.

Local farmer and parents Georgie Smith pointed out she takes food to Seattle twice a week, but it hasn’t made it to her child’s school two miles away.

Coupeville has a viable, willing agricultural community and the with the town having a smaller district, it seems a perfect fit.

It isn’t a question of whether to do it, it’s a question of when.

It’s just surprising Coupeville wasn’t one of the first districts to jump on the bandwagon. It’s right up this community’s alley.