Tallahassee, FL - Commissioner Adam Putnam spoke in front of the committee today (3-28-11) stressing the importance of nutrition for kids ... especially in areas of the state where they don't have access to fruits and vegetables.
Putnam says Florida is the perfect state for a program like this where vegetables and fruits grow year round, unlike many of the northern states.
Florida AG Commissioner Putnam says, "We believe that we are uniquely positioned to leverage the relationships and get more wholesome nutritious items in our schools and put the days of counting ketchup as a vegetable behind us."
The commissioner says both children and local farmers would benefit from moving duties under his department's control.
Statement by Commissioner Adam Putnam
Commissioner Putnam Praises the Senate Agriculture Committee for Their Support of the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act
Tallahassee, FL – Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam today issued the following statement applauding the Senate Agriculture Committee for voting unanimously in favor of the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act, a bill that will move school food and nutrition programs to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Senate Committee on Education, Pre-K through 12, will consider the bill on Wednesday, March 30.
“I want to thank the members of the Senate Agriculture Committee for voting in support of the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act, a bill sponsored by Senators Gary Siplin and Don Gaetz.
Through existing programs like Farm to School, Fresh From Florida Kids and Xtreme Cuisine, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has demonstrated its commitment to child nutrition and its capabilities for offering educational curriculum.
We also have the relationships with agriculture that enable us to connect Florida’s growers with schools to serve more wholesome produce in our cafeterias.
Florida has an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and expanding access to nutritious produce to kids at a young age can lead to a lifetime of healthy eating.”
To find out what others are saying about the Healthy Schools for Healthy Lives Act, visit http://www.freshfromflorida.com/press/2011/03182011.html.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com or follow Commissioner Putnam on Facebook, www.facebook.com/adamputnam, and Twitter, @adamputnam.