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Newton schools serve locally grown produce
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Newton schools serve locally grown produce

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- October is National Farm to School Month, and the Newton County School System wants parents to know that it is doing its part to ensure students eat as much local food as possible.

So far this year, the school district has served locally grown watermelon, onions, cucumbers and green bell peppers in students' lunches.

Future local items to grace lunch trays will include apples, sweet potatoes and strawberries.

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables has numerous benefits. Such foods are high in fiber and contain essential vitamins and minerals. A diet filled with good food also helps reduce the risk of cancer and certain chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

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Learn more about Newton County's efforts to help students eat well at newtoncountyschools.org.

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