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Cobb Mountain Elementary School has been honored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service for their push to make school lunches healthier, fresher and more varied.

The school in Middletown was awarded the USDA HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze award. Division director Ronna Bach of the Food and Nurtrion Service and Elizabeth Moreno of the California Department of Education presented the award at an all-school assembly last week.

The Middletown School District also announced that it has been awarded a grant to provide salad bars in every school in the district.

The district is also moving forward to hire someone to run the district Farm to School program which will implement the Harvest of the Month program in all of the district’s elementary schools. Students will raise fruits and vegetables in their school gardens and work with area farmers to supplement supplies and stock salad bars with local produce.

“This is an exciting time for our district, with lots of potential change on the horizon,” Cindy Leonard,chair of the Cobb School Garden Project said in a statement. “We are pleased with this recognition from the USDA of our achievements, but we realize this is only a step in our journey.”

To read more about the award-winning Cobb Mountain nutrition program and garden, click here: http://bit.ly/14wBr1I