Foodservice director focuses on local foods

Concord School District's foodservice director served thousands of pounds of fresh meat and produce during his first year at the school.

CONCORD, N.H.—Native corn harvested in Gilford, fresh salsa made in Bow and farm-raised beef from Loudon.

These aren’t daily specials at a local restaurant. They are the result of John Lash’s first year as food services director in the Concord School District.

Lash, who studied culinary arts in Pennsylvania, has led a crusade to bring more local, fresh foods to Concord students. The first year included serving thousands of pounds of fresh meat and produce, and its momentum will help carry the department as it looks to expand local products while balancing diets and its budget.