ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Schools around Maryland will use locally grown food in their lunches this week.

This is the second straight year the Maryland Department of Agriculture has organized Homegrown School Lunch Week. Cafeterias in all 24 school districts will serve fruits, vegetables, bread, cheese and meats from Maryland.

Some schools will continue to use locally grown food throughout the school year.

Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance says the program helps teach students about where food comes from, how to eat healthier and how food is produced.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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