NEW PARTNERSHIP BRINGS GRASS FED BEEF INTO HUMBOLDT SCHOOLS
Hydesville, CA – A new partnership is bringing local grass fed beef to Humboldt schools. For one day next week students across the county will be served local, organic, grass-fed beef in their school lunches.‘You are what you eat’ is a common saying that most of us know all too well, and now more than ever this idea is trickling into our school systems. Linda Prescott is a nutrition education coordinator, and says a healthy lunch leads to a healthy mind. Prescott said, "We recognize the benefits of healthy students to academic learning… if you have a student who is well fed and well nourished, in the class room they are in a position where they are more able to learn the information that they are receiving."Humboldt County will now take part in the first-ever ‘Taco Tuesday’ featuring beef donated by Eel River Organic Beef. Owner Clint Victorine said, "We can produce this type of food right here in Humboldt County. We are very lucky in a sense that we have a lot of healthy nutritious foods that we raise right here in Humboldt County."This all started when Victorine brought the idea to the Humboldt County Office of Education. He says every kid deserves a healthy lunch. Victorine added, "Not everybody can always afford organic beef… this is a way to give the children a healthy option and give them that nutritious meal that they need. Because for some children, especially in this county it might be the only meal they get for that day." Linda Prescott says it’s not only teaching students to be healthy, but also a way to highlight the local economy. Prescott added, "It’s putting the students in closer contact to foods that are grown nearby. They get to understand agriculture."Taco Tuesday will kick off next week on March 19th in 26 school districts in Humboldt County.