HPS Participates in “CT Grown for CT Kids” Week

HPS Participates in “CT Grown for CT Kids” Week

Statewide Initiative Asks Students to Take the HardCORE Apple & Pear Challenge


Students across Connecticut will be eating local foods as a part of their school lunch October 7-11th, 2019 for CT Grown for CT Kids Week, a statewide celebration encouraging students, families, and schools to support local Connecticut agriculture.

On Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Hartford Public Schools’ Milner Middle School, Lonnie Burt, Senior Director of Food & Child Nutrition Services for Hartford Public Schools, along with CT Department of Agriculture Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt and State Representative Matthew Ritter hosted an event for the media and guests to enjoy a school meal featuring locally grown ingredients, as well as the production kitchen that packages local fruits and vegetables to be distributed to other Hartford Public Schools and community-based programs throughout the year. The production kitchen uses equipment purchased with funds through a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant.

In celebration of CT Grown for CT Kids Week, Milner Middle School students took the HardCORE Apple & Pear Challenge, which encourages students to eat an apple or pear down to its core! The Challenge, organized by the CT Farm to School Collaborative, includes other ways of celebrating, including trying at least two different types of locally grown apples or pears – or one of each, or taking a trip to a local orchard.

“CT Grown for CT Kids combines two of our state’s greatest assets – our future generations and our farm fresh produce.  This program is great for our students, our farms, and our economy.  Working with our partners on this program, we can ensure that our future is bright in so many ways.  A special thanks to our school districts that participate and work with our farmers to make these great meals for the students.” said Commissioner Bryan Hurlburt, CT Department of Agriculture.

“CT Grown for CT Kids Week highlights Connecticut’s Farm-to-School program which fuels students’ bodies with fresh, local foods. Healthy eating of nutritious meals and snacks is an essential component of student health which is directly connected to school achievement.” said Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Commissioner, Connecticut State Department of Education.

The week is a legislated initiative of the Connecticut State Department of Education, Connecticut State Department of Agriculture, with support from the Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative and the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut, among others.

For more information about the HardCORE Challenge, click here: https://putlocalonyourtray.uconn.edu/hardcorechallenge/

For more information about National Farm to School Month, click here:


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To see photos from the October 8 event, click here.



About the CT Farm to School Collaborative

In May 2016, the CT State Department of Education convened the new CT Farm to School Collaborative (F2S Collaborative). The F2S Collaborative is a multi-stakeholder partnership whose function is to pursue projects together that no one partner could do alone. Participating organizations represent the variety of stakeholders needed for collaborative work on Farm to School, including: the CT Department of Education, the CT Department of Agriculture, CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, UConn Extension, CT Department of Public Health, School Nutrition Association of CT, FoodCorps CT, New England Dairy & Food Council, and Common Ground.


About the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut

The School Nutrition Association of Connecticut (SNACT) is a proud affiliate of the national School Nutrition Association. The 500 members of the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut are School Foodservice Personnel who are committed to advancing good nutrition for all children, providing healthful meals and nutritional education since 1949.  The School Nutrition Association is the only professional association dedicated solely to the support and well-being of school nutrition professionals in advancing good nutrition for all children. Since 1946, SNA has been advancing the availability and quality of school nutrition programs as an integral part of a student’s education. With its 52 affiliates, SNA is dedicated to your success and the success of your school district’s nutrition program and to the health and wellness of America’s school children. For more information, visit www.snact.org.