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Fresh produce available at JCPS feeding sites this summer

The program will provide fresh produce to Louisville families as well as jobs for area farmers through Creation Gardens.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Public Schools will provide fresh produce to Louisville families through its feeding sites this summer.

In a press release, the district said it would provide boxes filled with 11 pounds of fresh produce like apples, zucchini and corn at more than 40 food distribution sites through July. 

The vegetables and fruits in the produce boxes will vary week-to-week depending on what is available from local farmers. Starting Monday, June 22, the boxes will be available once a week on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, depending on location. Each box will include a flier with easy recipes, facts about the produce items and tips on getting kids involved with cooking.

“We are proud to be able to provide fresh produce to our children,” said Julia Bauscher, JCPS Executive Administrator of Nutrition Services. “This will provide additional nutritious options to support healthy lifestyles in our community.”

JCPS will work with Louisville-based Creation Gardens to provide the produce boxes. The program will allow Creation Gardens to rehire more employees that were laid off in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since schools and cafeterias closed on March 13, JCPS has served more than 1.2 million meals to children in the Louisville area.

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