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CANFIELD, Ohio - The Farm to School Program will host a meeting to inform the public of the importance of heathly food in our school systems.

"Bridging the Gap From Farm to School: Connecting Schools to Local Fruit, Produce and Food" will be held in Canfield on Thursday at the Mill Creek MetroParks Farm in Canfield, directly across from the Fairgrounds.

The program provides young people with access to fresh, local, nutritious meals throughout their schooling, while supporting farmers and communities.

The purpose of the forum is to help people to understand where their food comes from and how their food choices can affect their health. The program also hopes to aid those interested in initiating or expanding the Farm to School system.

The presentation will highlight blossoming farming activity in the area, as well as ways to bring new fresh local foods to school districts. The Farm Fresh Salad Bar, offered as a part of the National School Lunch Program, will be one of the many topics discussed.

Farm to School is a national program. The Ohio branch is led by OSU Extension and is supported by numerous agencies, foundations and industry organizations.

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