Commissioner Black believes that the schools selected are the driving force of Georgia’s farm to school movement and are the key to successfully achieving Georgia’s 20/20 Vision for School Nutrition. This program, which aims to have at least 20 percent of every meal in Georgia public schools be comprised of Georgia products by the start of the 2020 school year, is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Department of Public Health.
“Through these farm to school programs we can change the purchasing habits of a generation from the time they enter our school systems,” Commissioner Black said. “We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our participating school systems as we strive to successfully reach our goal set forth by the 20/20 Vision for School Nutrition in Georgia.”
Celebrating its fifth year, the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen program is an initiative that promotes local and healthy eating in schools across the state by supplying school nutrition directors with healthy recipes using Georgia Grown commodities.
The 2018 additions are:
- Baldwin High School, Baldwin County Schools
- Commerce Middle School, Commerce City Schools
- Horne Learning Center, Valdosta City Schools
- West Laurens High School, Laurens County Schools
The Georgia Grown Test Kitchen and the Feed My School for a Week program help to bridge the gap in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools. The System of Distinction awards identify those systems that have excelled in implementing efforts that have led to further development of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s multiple farm to school programs.
For more information about the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s farm to school programs, please visit feedmyschool.org.
About Georgia Grown: The Georgia Grown program provides a powerful new branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia. Learn more today at: www.GeorgiaGrown.com.
About the GDA: The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit us at: www.agr.georgia.gov.