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Ky. ag commissioner to visit Lexington school’s farm to table lunch program

Ryan Quarles
Ryan Quarles

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2017) — Sts. Peter & Paul Regional Catholic School is kicking off October’s National Farm to School Month with a visit from Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Commissioner Quarles will visit the school’s downtown campuses during lunch with students from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.

In August 2017, the school launched a farm to table school lunch program for elementary and middle school students as well as children ages one to four-years-old at its Early Childhood Campus.

SPPS alumna and current high school student, Lilly Meekin, brought the idea to the school’s administration along with a documentary comparing European and American school lunches asking “Why can’t we do this?” SPPS staff worked closely with Ashton Wright, Local Food Coordinator in partnership with the Mayor’s office and City Council, to establish relationships with farms to serve as suppliers for the school’s lunches.

SPPS is currently working with local Kentucky farms including Pike Valley Farm in Garrard County, Stone Fall Farm in Clark County, Triple J Farm in Scott County, and KHI in Burlington, Ky.

Sts. Peter & Paul School (SPPS) has two campuses in downtown Lexington.  Infants through Preschool are located at 133 Barr Street and Junior Kindergarten through 8th grade is at 423 W. Short Street. SPPS has an enrollment of 500 students and is an arts-infused school, integrating the arts into its curriculum.