- Associated Press - Saturday, July 2, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The state is taking bids from farmers and vendors who want to deliver locally grown fruits and vegetables to Hawaii schools.

KHON-TV reports (http://bit.ly/29edBi8) education and agriculture officials teamed up to buy more school food locally while connecting students to area growers and products.

The pilot project is expected to begin next year.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui says the Farm to School Initiative is one effort toward food sustainability in a state that imports 85 percent of its food.

Hawaii Board of Agriculture chairman Scott Enright said the initiative gives farmers some certainty in finding demand for their supply.

Student health is also a goal.

Education department food service workers feed more than 100,000 students and staff members daily at 256 public schools.

The bidding deadline is on July 13.

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Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com

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