School Lunches in Washington Going Local

School_lunchIt looks like I'm going to have lunch with my daughters at our local elementary school more often. This news just out of the Washington State legislative session:

"Senate Bill 6483 relaxes food-purchasing regulations to allow schools and state-run institutions to buy fresh produce and meats from Washington farmers -- even if locally grown products cost a little more than their processed or canned counterparts.

Additionally, the measure creates a number of pilot programs and grants that would allow food banks to accept local produce, allow farmers markets to accept food-stamp cards, and pay for Washington-grown fruits and vegetables to be served at schools where more than half of students get free or reduced lunch." (Seattle PI)