The Nebraska Ag Sack Lunch Program was designed to educate Nebraska fourth-graders on the important role of agriculture in Nebraska; past, present and future. The program was created knowing more than 20,000 students visit the State Capitol Building annually as part of their fourth-grade curriculum.
The program provides students a sack lunch with nutritious food produced in Nebraska. Ag Ambassadors, specially trained UNL students, give a 15-minute presentation on the role agriculture plays in the state’s economy. Students then receive an ag fact-filled card game to take home to their families.
“Some students just aren’t aware of where their food comes from, just taking it for granted”, one Ambassador said.
This program was developed by the Nebraska Soybean Board (NSB) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) to start the conversation about agriculture’s important role in Nebraska’s economy. The program began in 2010. Since then, the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) and the Nebraska Beef Council (NBC) have joined NSB and NPPA in support of the program.