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Oregon Bill Supporting Local Foods For Schools Has Health And Economic Benefits – Study

May 12, 2011: 11:05 AM EST
A health impact study by Upstream Public Health in Oregon has found that a bill (HB 2800) supporting delivery of fresh local foods to schools would offer the state an economic benefit and a number of important health benefits, including “shaping children's preferences for healthy food.” The legislation calls for reimbursement of schools for purchasing Oregon food products for breakfast and lunch, and would provide education grants to schools to support teaching gardens and cross-curricular nutrition education. The grant-supported study also said the bill would create hundreds of new farm-industry jobs over a five- to 10-year period. Funding would come from the Economic Development Fund, part of Oregon’s Lottery.
"Oregon Farm to School Bill Would Benefit Health Through Job Creation, Study Finds", Press release, The Pew Charitable Trusts, May 12, 2011, © The Pew Charitable Trusts
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