Carrollton, Ky. — Nov. 26, 2019 — The Carroll County School District has joined the Kentucky Proud movement. Starting in the spring of 2020, the district will begin sourcing some ingredients from Kentucky Proud-approved farmers and vendors.
“We can’t wait to get started,” said Lisa Gault, food service director for the district. “Kentucky Proud is a great program, and there are a lot of quality growers in and around Carroll County. It just makes sense for us to work with the farmers in our backyard.”
With around 1,900 students K-12, the district serves roughly 1,020 breakfasts and 1,670 lunches each school day. As a Community Eligibility Provision school district, all students have access to school breakfasts and lunches free of charge.
“Food service is a big part of the day for our students, and it’s a big part of what we do as a school district,” said Jon Conrad, chief financial officer for the district. “We are happy to be able to expend some of our food service dollars closer to home. This is also a great example for students in our agricultural sciences pathway. There are many businesses and organizations like ours looking for quality ingredients to make meals the best they can be.”
As a member of the Kentucky Proud program, the district receives access to an approved list of producers who have gone through the Kentucky Proud selection process. Gault is able to contact those producers to discuss prices, product and scheduling.
“We are going to start small and expand from there,” Gault said. “However, this is going to be a big factor in how we plan our menus going forward. We hope to source as much food locally as we can. It’s better for us, better for our students, and better for our community.”
The Carroll County School District is a public school system that operates within the geographic boundaries of Carroll County, Kentucky. The district serves around 1,900 students K-12.