Healthy School Food Project is presented to Itaperuna Prefecture


fotoreuniaoIn a meeting with the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Education of Itaperuna city and Sebrae, Planeta Orgânico presented the project Healthy School Food. The Itaperuna municipality is a pioneer in Rio state in healthy eating in schools, including local shopping and organic products as a priority for the snacking.

The steps of purchase undergo planned processes as local information. Before arriving in Itaperuna 52 teaching units, the products coming from family farms go through screening by a team of City Hall. Weekly, the nutritionists and supervisors of the Department of Education and Agriculture Department Technical select, weigh and distribute the food that makes up the school lunch. The separation is done in Central Receiving Family Farming Products, located in the Department of Agriculture (former Producer Market).

galpaoitaperTomato, carrot, yam, lettuce, cabbage, taro, lemon, beetroot, cabbage and banana, add up to about 5000 kg delivered every week to the City.The food purchased from producers in the region comply with Federal Law, which states that 30% of the funds transferred by the School Feeding National Fund (ENDF) for lunch in Brazilian schools, is to go through the purchase of family farming products.

As a next step to the project meeting, a register will be provided for accession, where data for a future visit to the schools will be provided, since the criteria for healthy school meals have been developed under the project.

Partnership between Secretariats is Fundamental

Secretary of Itaperuna of Education, Maria Aparecida Vargas, stated that the partnership with the Secretary of Agriculture is critical to the success of this work.

– The technicians are properly qualified to make the selection of food and contact with farmers. – Says Secretary of Education.

– The Family Farming Program has two important aspects: provides healthy food, contributing to the complement of school meals and also works with small farmers, prompting the town’s economy. They are fresh products, which do not suffer from transport and manage to keep the nutrients preserved – says the Secretary of Agriculture, Luiz Alberto Azevedo.