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Farm to table lunches being served in Troy schools

May 02, 2019 05:46 PM

TROY - It's lunch time at Troy High School and freshman Omarion Skipwith is loading up on fresh veggies and healthy choices.

"Every day, I get the salad. I'm a big fan of the salad, especially with the BBQ and with the ranch, it's a good thing," said Skipwith.

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The cafeteria dishes out about 300 salads each day with much of the produce coming from local farms. Troy City Schools has partnered with Capital Roots as part of their Farm to Schools program.

"The cucumbers, the peppers, the romaine, chopped romaine lettuce comes from them. We also get apples in, we get oranges in," said Rich Hollander, the Director of Food Services for Troy City Schools.

With 35 years of school lunch experience, Hollander can attest to the fact that school lunches are changing.

"Kids want to eat healthy. They want selections and choices," said Hollander.

The farm to school veggies can be found at their cafeteria sandwich station, too. It's a set-up that rivals your favorite deli.

"We use Boars Head cold cuts. There's no high school around this area that's using Boars Head cold cuts. Kids really like it," said Hollander.

Each day, the school serves about 300 sandwiches. They also have a pizza station that dishes up 60 pies per lunch.

Holland says they use about $5,000 of fresh produce from the Capital Roots program each week.

Capital Roots CEO Amy Klein says they currently work with six different school districts and eight local farms. The hope is to expand the program even more.

"We are at the heart of farm country here and we should be doing it. It should be a no brainer. It is challenging, but we can make it happen," said Klein.

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