State agencies promoting North Dakota foods

BISMARCK, N.D. (Valley News Live) Two North Dakota state agencies are teaming up to promote North Dakota food.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says the program encourages schools and child-care centers to serve more food that’s produced in North Dakota.

The Department of Public Instruction and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture are backing the project.

A 75-thousand dollar grant is being used to pay for special food promotions and aprons for schools and child-care facilities. The money will also provide smaller grants to local communities.

Baesler says it’s important for students to know where their food comes from, and the importance of agriculture in North Dakota’s economy.

She says students at schools with strong Farm to School programs eat more school-prepared meals … waste less food … and are more willing to try locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Baesler says school meals programs are important for student learning.