More than 54,222 students from 235 North Dakota schools will dine on food products from their own state on Thursday, Oct. 1, during the 14th Annual Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day.
Representatives from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) will dine with students at schools across North Dakota on Thursday, and discuss with them the importance of agriculture in their own lives.
“Highlighting the North Dakota food products grown by our farmers and ranchers, and processed by local businesses helps students learn how their food is raised and produced,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “School lunch programs can also help their local and state economy by buying these locally produced and processed foods. A wide range of North Dakota food products are available for school lunch programs in addition to the high quality raw commodities produced in the state.”
NDDA has provided posters, lesson plans and other promotional materials to participating schools, as well as sample menus prepared by the Department of Public Instruction. The materials are available on the North Dakota Ag in the Classroom website at http://www.nd.gov/aitc/.
The Pride of Dakota program fosters the development and growth of small businesses and especially businesses that are rural, farm-based or rely on agricultural commodities. Pride of Dakota member companies can participate in cooperative promotion and marketing events; receive representation at local, state, regional, national, and international trade shows and take part in educational opportunities. More than 500 companies are Pride of Dakota members. Authorized by the Legislature, the program is administered by NDDA.