• School District Five summer Farmers’ Market offers free produce to families in need--For Immediate Release – June 20, 2019

 School District Five summer Farmers’ Market offers free produce to families in need

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five has launched a new summer program to provide free, fresh produce to Irmo-area families in need.

A partnership with Pelion-based farm WP Rawl, the district’s new Farmers’ Market initiative will be held at the Irmo Village Apartments Thursdays, June 20 through August 1, excluding Thursday, July 4.

Each family will receive one free bag of summer produce including a range of cucumbers, collards, sweet corn, squash and tomatoes. Recipes will be included. Produce will vary and will be provided while supplies last each week.

“As a district, we know that there are needs in our community and that continues during the summer months when school is not in session,” said Todd Bedenbaugh, director of student nutrition for the district. “We serve local, fresh foods in cafeterias as often as possible, and we want to get fresh foods to our families this season. We’re grateful to WP Rawl for providing the produce because we know our families in need will benefit from this effort.”

Bedenbaugh said that while the district’s Farmers’ Market will have just one site this year, he hopes to expand it in the future. In addition to the Farmers’ Market, the district also is participating in a Summer Food Service Program again this year.

Here is the link to video from the interview from today by WLTX:


Todd A. Bedenbaugh

Director of Student Nutrition, School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties, 1020 Dutch Fork Road, Irmo, SC 29063, office: 803.476.8153, www.lexrich5.org -- Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrow's Challenges




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