|Tomatoes grown by local farmers are among the fruits and vegetables that are processed for meals served in the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.|
A Saint Louis University nutrition and dietetics partnership designed to teach school children to eat healthier has received a 2011 FOCUS St. Louis "What's Right with the Region" award.
The Health Eating with Local Produce (HELP) program was among those initiatives recognized in May for fostering regional cooperation. Funded by a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, HELP involves SLU, the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, the Missouri Farmers Union and Sappington Farmers Market in the collaboration.
Food from local farmers is delivered to a food processing center in the Salus Center where SLU students, dietitians and chefs lead Maplewood Richmond Heights high school students in preparing it for meals that are served in the district's cafeteria.
HELP financially supports local farmers, engages SLU in educating Maplewood Richmond Heights students and helps Maplewood Richmond Heights students to make wiser food choices.
Awards were given to 20 people and organizations on May 5.