Harvest Dinner Supports Farm-to-School Effort


Students at Chimacum Creek
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by Valerie Randall

The Community Wellness Project will hold its sixth annual “Nourishing Kids, Flourishing Schools” Harvest Dinner on Wednesday, October 19, at 5:30 p.m. The fundraising event, to be held at Finnriver Farm & Cidery, will help supply nutritious food to Jefferson County schools and students, with all proceeds used to bring fresh local food into school meals.

This year the dinner will return to an in-person community celebration featuring a fresh and healthy meal prepared by local school food service directors along with students from the various culinary arts classes. Seats will be limited to prioritize space and air flow. An option will be available for those who cannot join in person, with a take-out meal and Zoom program allowing remote participation from any location.

Programming will include photos and stories of progress, updates from the Community Wellness Project and partner schools, and plans for future success. Contributions at the Harvest Dinner will support student well-being through healthy school meals, local ingredient sourcing, and school garden programs. By sourcing locally, food service directors are able to purchase the freshest, most flavorful, and most nutrient-dense food, and to support the local food and farm producers that sustain the community.

Last year’s Harvest Dinner brought over 4,000 pounds of locally produced fruit, vegetables, meat, and dairy to school cafeterias. Tickets can be purchased at jccwp.org