Volunteers sought for local Farm-to-School program - Etcetera - 8/26/13

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Volunteers who’d like to support healthy eating in schools will fit right in as the Walla Walla Public Schools Nutrition Services Department readies for the 2013-14 school year.

Beth Thiel, coordinator of the Farm-to-School program needs one to two volunteers per school who can dedicate four-five hours per month promoting and running the Harvest of the Month tasting/promotional tables.

She said to watch for updates in the lunch room, such as local produce in the salad bars and a Taste Washington Day menu on Sept. 25, created by the district’s kitchen managers, Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

Beginning Sept. 17 with varieties of local tomatoes, the Harvest of the Month program will feature a local product the third Tuesday of each month.

A basic outline for the tasting table process is available at the Farm-to-School webpage on the district website at

bit.ly/184iNv1.

“Informing students about fresh, seasonal produce and promoting local farms helps students connect with healthy food while supporting the local economy. It’s also a lot of fun!,” Beth said.

For more details, contact Beth at bthiel@wwps.org or 525-0969.


For the fourth year in a row, Walla Walla Noon Rotary Club held a roundup of sorts and corralled a herd of school supplies to assist families without necessary funds to buy their students’ academic paraphernalia.

Walla Walla School District personnel and club members identified the most-needed articles, with backpacks topping the list. Rotary also assisted the Walla Walla Catholic and Seventh-Day Adventist schools, according to an item in the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

Donated funds came from Rotary members, Boise Cascade and Wal-Mart. It all came together under the auspices of Rotarian Linda Hardy.

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