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Students can now leave their packed lunch at home. A Pelissippi State program is providing 2,500 square foot garden to help feed students.

The Pelissippi State Edible School Yards Project opened its garden Monday for students and the local community.

The project will encourage and enable students to work in the garden during recess and after school. The food will go to the school cafeteria and to volunteers who help tend the garden. The project will partner with summer school programs and provide two lessons each week.

Matt Callow, outreach coordinator for the program, hopes this will help teach kids more about where their food comes from.

"We're trying to expose kids not only, ya know, to where to get it, like at their school cafeteria, but also how they can grow. There are so many kids who don't know where their food comes from and what better place to show them than in the very place it starts," he said.

Families who choose to volunteer in the garden will receive a weekly box of food.

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