GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Seventh- and eighth-grade students at Atlantic Community Charter School learned how to cook a zucchini fritter courtesy of local Chef Nicole LaTorre as part of “Farm to School” month.
The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children initiative is providing the visits to more than 20 schools this month by LaTorre and farmer Valerie Behrens.
“I think it’s really important to share with the children the importance of knowing where their food comes from,” said Behrens, who owns Impact Harvest, a non-profit farm in Buena.
She said she encourages healthy eating and also being a good citizen.
“We live in a community where there’s a lot of people in need,” Behrens said, noting that her farm gives away all its produce for free.
Atlantic Community Charter School Principal Ed Cetrullo said the event Thursday was organized by school nurse Mary Seddon, who wanted to introduce the students to healthier eating choices.
“We’re educators, so we teach the whole child,” Cetrullo said.
Christine Guzman, school health specialist at AtlantiCare, said the school visits were started as a way to educate the students about eating healthy and where their food comes from. She said the educators go over the appropriate number of servings from each food group and also talk about healthy beverages.