LCPS School Nutrition Launches 1st Annual Farm to School Art Contest

October is FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH! Help Loudoun County School Nutrition Services celebrate the month by participating in our first annual art contest! CALL FOR ENTRIES: Our 2016 theme is What Farm to School Means to Me. This is a call for art from all LCPS students – send us your artwork showcasing what you think of when you hear “Farm to School.” This contest is…

School Nutrition Services Wins “One In A Melon Award” for Virginia

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) School Nutrition Services received a “One in a Melon” Award from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to bring fresh, local produce to the students eating in school cafeterias each day. One district per state received the honor. LCPS was selected from among all of the…

Kid-Friendly Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Strawberries are a versatile fruit- they make a great snack or dessert, but can also pair nicely with salty foods or meats to balance savory flavors with a touch of sweetness! Try this easy 5-ingredient salsa at your next cookout- either on top of some grilled chicken, or as a dip for chips! INGREDIENTS: 1…

Health Benefits of Strawberries

It is no coincidence that our students love strawberries!  This year, we have been fortunate to expose our students to locally grown berries from Wegmeyer’s Farm right here in Loudoun! Here are some fun facts about strawberries! One cup of strawberries provides more than 100% of the recommend daily allowance of vitamin C for adults…

Wegmeyer Farms Donates Over 400 Strawberry Plants to Loudoun County Schools

Last month, Wegmeyer Farms in Hamilton, Virginia generously donated over 400 plants to 17 schools in the district as a way to enhance their current school gardens and allow School Nutrition Services to help them make connections about their food.  Each school received approximately 30 plants that will mature to fully producing strawberry plants over…

School Nutrition In October: Month In Review

October was an exciting month in school nutrition.  It kicked off with Virginia Farm to School Week where many of our schools harvested items from their school gardens, had local farmers come into the classroom to discuss what they do, and Catoctin Elementary even had a mobile dairy farm stop by for a visit!  Events…