This week is National School Lunch Week. When I was a grade schooler, eating at the cafeteria was to be avoided at all costs. Just the thought of rubbery cheese pizza, with that solitary pepperoni in the middle, makes me lose my appetite. Fortunately, a lot more attention is being paid to nutrition in the schools. It's especially important considering the percent of the student population for whom school lunch is their most round meal of the day.
A few years ago, I covered a story for Lion's Club Magazine about a farm-to-school program in Whitefish, Montana. For these kids, planting and harvesting the school garden is part of gym class. What I found especially cool was how the local Lion's Club Chapter helped turn a vacant baseball diamond (the school had built a shiny new sports complex) into a community garden.