Program invites parents to try garden-grown produce

Tray the Tray allows parents to see strides made in school food.

June 13—Parents might have heard of lentil salads grown from school gardens and breakfast bars made from locally grown squash being served in school kitchens, but now Lowell Elementary School, in Missoula, Mont., is inviting parents – and anyone else in the community – to try some of these locally grown and produced foods at a unique fundraiser.

The “Try the Tray” is a family-friendly event that is an opportunity for parents to eat what their children eat during the school year. The event is also a fun way to promote the importance of local farmers and school gardens, and how both support nutrition education for students.

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