Converted fridge to help maintain fresh produce program

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To continue the goal of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to the students of Adams County School District 50, a new freezer and refurbished refrigerator system are being installed in the district’s warehouse.

With the approval of the school board last summer, come mid-April the new freezer will be up and running as well as a large refrigerator.

“This is the first time in 40 years the warehouse will have a refrigerator,” said Jim Rowan, director of culinary services.

The converted refrigerator is 15-feet wide and 80-feet long, essentially the length of the warehouse. Rowan said with the refrigerator food like cheese will no longer have to be frozen. Plus, the refrigerator will help increase and maintain the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables served to students, Rowan added.

“With this refrigerator, we can grow our program to include even more fresh and local produce.” Rowan said. “We are able to stay on top of our fresh fruits and veggies program and keep it sustainable.”

Rowan takes the term “farm to table” seriously, buying produce from local vendor Spano’s produce and local farmer George Grippa. Both are located within District 50 boundaries. Rowan is also exploring the option of applying for more funding to expand the district’s farm to school program.

“It’s my obligation to the district and the students to explore every avenue and to give them the best possible food, in the best possible way,” he said. “And to provide them needed nutrition and experiences they may not have elsewhere.”

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