FAIRBURY – Area producers met with Fairbury Public School officials to discuss beef.
Fairbury Public Schools Food Service Supervisor Jane Rhine says, “Anytime you serve 100% meat – beef, pork, whatever it’s better for them.”
Superintendent Stephen Grizzle answered questions on Monday night in regards to a new student lunch program that would feature locally raised beef. Grizzle says the district currently spends $7,000 a year on beef products and willing to spend more for local processing in order to serve students with quality meats.
Rhine tells News Channel Nebraska, “It teaches where their food comes from because it’s grown locally. They can say ‘Farmer Joe down the road produced this for us.’ It makes a big difference to the kids.”
School officials also believe this would increase the number of students who purchase lunches. Producers who attended the meeting got the chance to see how the school would integrate their product into appetizing meals.
“Anytime you cook from scratch, it’s more labor intensive. There’s a lot of planning to cook off that beef before you can turn it into something else – but it is for the kids! And anything that is better for the kids, is the way to go.”
Most area producers were very welcoming and responsive to Monday night’s meeting.
Rhine says, “I think we had a really good turnout and I think things will really start rolling.”