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Rhea Williams-Bishop: Farm to early care programs are wins for Mississippi. Let’s keep growing them.

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In a recent op-ed published by the Mississippi Free Press, Rhea Williams-Bishop, Ph.D., our director of Mississippi and New Orleans Programs, shares why farm to early care and education programs are wins for MississippI.

"Farm to ECE is a proven solution to getting kids off to a great, healthy start in life, while supporting the farmers Mississippi is so proud of. Let’s keep it growing."

Rhea Williams-Bishop, WKKF director of Mississippi and New Orleans programs

Farm to early care programs provide fresh, local produce to children in child care centers, family child care homes, preschools and other settings. Today, there are 25 child-care settings across the state, from Biloxi to Holly Springs, making sure Mississippi kids have Mississippi food. The demand to start programs is nearly four times what is available, however, and Williams-Bishop says that state leaders have opportunities to do more – supporting efforts to scale up the movement and reach more children.

Visit Mississippi Farm to School Network to learn more about the farm to early care and education movement in Mississippi.

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