News Release: UGA
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black today announced that Southside Elementary is one of the five schools selected across the state to participate in the second "Feed My School for a Week" program sponsored by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Department of Education.
The "Feed My School" program increases awareness about the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating, while assisting schools in sourcing local produce and products.
"The pilot program of "Feed My School was such a great success that we were encouraged to expand the program to five schools across the state," said Commissioner Black. "With this program, students will discover the importance of agriculture through learning about the process that brings local produce and goods from an area farm to the cafeteria table while at the same time receiving a healthy, delicious meal."
The phrase "Farm-to-School" is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. when it comes to offering healthy, fresh produce options to students. To keep Georgia a step above the rest, the State Departments of Education and Agriculture have combined their efforts to better assist all school districts in this initiative.
The "Feed My School for a Week" program aims to help bridge the gap in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities. The result will be healthier Georgia students, decreased barriers in farm to school efforts and increased awareness as students learn and experience, both educationally and nutritionally, where their food comes from.
Each of the five school systems will be represented by an elementary school in their district. During a one-week period in the spring semester, all lunches served out of each selected school's cafeteria will consist of 75-100 percent Georgia Grown food. The schools will host an agriculture guest speaker, hold "taste tests" for Georgia commodities, and conduct an essay contest. There will also be an art contest at each school that is focused on a single Georgia commodity, in addition to several other educational activities throughout the designated week.
Southside Elementary will celebrate Feed My School for a Week – May 12-16. Some of the GA foods to be served have been grown in Grady County but others come from various parts in GA. A mini expo will be held on May 16.
To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.agr.georgia.gov/feed-my-school-for-a-week.aspx.