Schuylerville Elementary School students had a chance to have lunch with two of their state legislators during a special visit on Tuesday, Oct. 18. State Senator Kathy Marchione and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner visited the school to meet with administrators and tour the cafeteria as part of National Farm to School month.
During their visit, Food Services Manager Sarah Keen showed the progress the district has made in expanding access to healthy locally grown food in all three schools, and discussed a bill proposed by the New York School Nutrition Association. If passed, the bill would reimburse school districts 25 cents per meal if the district spends 25 percent of its purchasing budget on New York grown food. Schuylerville already spends about 22 percent of its food budget on locally sourced dairy, fruits, and vegetables.
“We feel it would be a win-win for the state’s agricultural sector and the health of our students,” Keen said. “We invited our legislators to campus to show them the progress we have made in supporting our local farmers and what more we could do with additional aid.”
As part of their visit, Marchione and Woerner had lunch in the cafeteria with students and got to see how the recycling and composting program works to help reduce the district’s amount of cafeteria waste.