Food Policies

When it comes to the food served on school campuses, the state of Georgia gets a D minus from the Center for Science in the public interest.

But Thomas County Schools' Superintendent Dr. Green says his schools are meeting state and federal guidelines for nutrition.

"We're going one step further with our health and wellness policy. We're tying our health and wellness policy into our school improvement plans, dealing directly with the issues and their respective schools."

The CSPI's research found vending machines and a la carte items to be a big source of poor nutrition, but Dr. Green says that's not a problem at his schools. Thomas County Central High is the only one with a vending machine, and students are not allowed to use it during school hours.

Green adds, "Everything they put in the machines will be diet or nutritionally based."

Susan Woodham, the Director of Food Services with Thomasville City Schools, says they too are offering healthier options.

One area the schools are watching closely is how much food the students are being offered.

Woodham says, "If we can start eating true portion sizes and eating what our body needs, not just what our taste buds want, and the amounts that we eat, would a make a huge difference."

Both districts agree that although they are meeting guidelines there is always room for improvement in school cafeterias.

Florida, on the other hand, fared much better, receiving a B minus for the food served in its schools.