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Taste Washington Day Serves Students Local Foods

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PASCO, Wash.-- Students across the state enjoyed Washington-grown foods for lunch Wednesday as a part of Taste Washington Day.

Some hungry elementary school students ate fresh watermelon and they even ate their broccoli.

Local school cafeterias served Washington-grown foods Wednesday as part of Taste Washington Day.

The Pasco School District is one of 300 schools that partnered with 30 farmers to bring the local food to schools.

Administrators at Mark Twain Elementary say that eating and living healthy is a subject kids should learn at school.

And days like this provide a great learning opportunity.

"We're helping to fight childhood obesity and diabetes by providing nutritious meals, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables grown here in Washington, locally grown in Washington," said Kathy Legard, Marcus Twain Elementary nutrition services.

The Washington State Department of Agriculture and Washington School Nutrition Association put together the event to show students there are healthier food choices available.

Taste Washington Day encourages schools to serve local produce everyday.

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