More fresh produce will be coming to area hospitals as part of a new partnership.

The Coulee Region Farm2School program announced Monday it's teaming up with Gundersen and Mayo Clinic Health Systems. The program helps kids improve their eating habits by getting them excited about growing and eating their own vegetables.

As part of the partnership, the hospitals will help support the program, while also bringing more locally-grown food to their cafeterias.

"I think Mayo really sees the value in our coming together and really providing the resources and the expertise to take Farm 2 School forward into the future," said Mayo Clinic Health System's Teri Wildt.

It's a sentiment Gundersen Health System CEO Scott Rathgaber agrees with.

"I just think this is an exciting example of a partnership in the community of lots of different players, including both health systems, the health department, the schools and the government that really shows how we can partner for great outcomes in the community if we work together," said Rathgaber.

More than 30 area schools take part in the Farm2School program, including 14 middle and high schools that joined the program this fall.