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Farm to You Fest is Oct. 4-8

Filed in Archive by on September 28, 2016

Dear Slingerlands Parents,

The Slingerlands Healthy Kids Committee is excited to introduce another annual “Farm to You Fest” event, which is a statewide celebration of local farms and food. We hope your child will enjoy celebrating Farm to You Fest both at school and with you at home; below are some ways to participate. Enjoy!

  1. “Squash Hunger” Fruit and Vegetable Drive – donate some fresh NY fruits and veggies at school for local people in need (see below for details)
  1. Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt – Visit any local farmers market with your checklist in hand (checklist available on school website).  Turn in your completed checklist at the Delmar Saturday Farmers Market (at the BCSD Middle School; 9AM – 1PM) on October 8th, or at the Slingerlands front office by Tuesday, Oct. 11th to participate in a farm fresh prize raffle at school! (2 local markets include Tuesdays at the Methodist Church on Kenwood Ave and Saturdays at the Middle School) – click here for more information
  1. Try School Lunch – Did you know that many of the fruits and veggies in our school lunches come from local farms?  Why not give these farm fresh lunches a try?  
  1. Pack a Farm Fresh Snack – Pack whole fruits or veggies for snacks this week – sliced apples and pears, cucumbers, carrots…  all in season in NY now!

Squash Hunger Drive

As part of Farm to You Fest Week, 2016 (October 4-8), our school will be collecting fresh produce to donate to people in need in Bethlehem and the greater Capital District.  “Squash Hunger” collection bins will be placed in the front lobby at school from Tuesday, October 4 through Friday, October 7.  Monday is a holiday.

  • Please bring in fresh produce from your own garden, a local farmers market or farm stand, or the grocery store (kids, please shop with your parents if you can!).  
  • Produce does not need to be in a bag when placed in the collection bins.  
  • Please place soft produce (tomatoes, greens, etc.) and hard produce (apples, butternut squash, etc.) in their assigned bins so produce does not get damaged.  ☺  
  • A volunteer parent will be delivering the donations to our local drop-off spot at McCarroll’s Delmar Marketplace each day and we will be tracking the pounds each day!!

We are donating this food to “Squash Hunger,” a program of Capital Roots and the Bethlehem Food Pantry.  This fresh food is brought to shelters, pantries, and soup kitchens by volunteers and cooked into tasty, nutritious meals for those in need.  

Last year, BCSD donated over 1,000 lbs of fresh food to people in need – let’s see what we can do in 2016!  

Please contact with any questions.  

Thank you for helping our school “squash hunger” in our communities!