FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 3, 2014
Applications Now Open for Feed My School for a Week
Atlanta - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black announced today that the Department of Agriculture is now accepting new applications for school districts interested in participating in this year’s “Feed My School for a Week” program in Georgia.
Feed My School first launched in 2011 with a goal 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 end 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. This will be the third year of the program.
“Not only does Feed My School for a Week allow students to learn about where their food comes from, but also how it is grown here in Georgia and the process of how it ends up on your plate,” Commissioner Black said. “It is about offering fresh, healthy Georgia Grown foods that are locally produced while raising awareness about nutrition.”
In addition to new school systems participating in the program this year, GDA plans to continue working with previous participants for the next three years. During this time, last year’s participating counties will continue building their farm-to-school approaches, illustrating sustainable farm to cafeteria efforts while continuing to identify needs and best practices. Previous schools include: Norman Park Elementary in Colquitt County, Wauka Mountain Elementary in Hall County, Bleckley County Elementary in Bleckley County, Southside Elementary in Grady County, West Chatham Elementary in Chatham County, Skyview Elementary in Bibb County, Sharon Elementary in Forsyth County, and Colbert Elementary in Madison County.
Applications were released today and will be due on April 3, 2014. If you are interested in nominating your school for the program, please have your nutritional director contact Misty Friedman at Misty.Friedman@agr.georgia.gov. To learn more about the program, please visit http://agr.georgia.gov/FMSform.aspx
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 www.agr.georgia.gov.