When asked about the summer meals program at FoodChain, Portia Lee says, "I've been surprised about what they like! Overall they've liked everything. Trying new dishes is good for them, because it will keep them open to trying new healthy foods later on. My son's a vegetable kid, and he comes to eat here and loves it. He likes to try new things. Every time kids come, they ask for more!" On today's menu: stuffed bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, and yogurt with blueberries. FoodChain interns were also sharing samples from foods from around the world, baba ganoush and papusas among them. [...]
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Partnerships with Kentucky farmers help solve hunger for children this summer Food can be a powerful marker of our collective memory. For many, summertime is defined by our food—backyard barbecues, homemade peach ice cream, tomatoes from the garden, and snapping peas on the porch. People, place and time are crystallized in our interactions with what we eat.
LaRue County Schools will provide free meals to children this summer as part of a federal program. This is the first summer in more than 10 years that the school system will participate in the program, said Stephanie Utley, food service director for the district. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will reimburse the district for each meal served.
Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner, said one in five Kentucky school children are food insecure.