Elementary school students learn where their food comes from

West Virginia

It can be a challenge for parents to teach their children where their food comes from, but the staff at South Jefferson Elementary are trying to make the process easier.

From chickens to cows to rabbits, 15 students from Washington High School’s Food for America program set up different stations for South Jefferson Elementary Students, to teach them where some of their favorite foods come from, before making the food makes its way to the store shelves.

“There is actually a station with pizza and toppings on your pizza, and what animal that topping comes from,” said Food for America Advisor at Washington High School, Catlin Thorsell.

Most of the animals came from local farms or the homes of students, many of whom are alumni of South Jefferson Elementary.

“Growing up on a farm, I was always around animals, but some of these kids have never really been around animals,” said Madison Cogle, a senior at Washington High School. 

The partnership with the Food for America program has been ongoing for five years and gives students an opportunity to establish healthy relationships with not only the food but animals.

“We’ve actually let the goats loose a couple of times, and so they got to see the excitement when it’s jumping up in the air,” said Thorsell.

The educational program was a day event. 

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