FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 15, 2015
Georgia Department of Agriculture Announces New School's for the 2015 "Feed My School" Program
Georgia Grown’s “Feed My School for a Week” program just received its strongest application pool for participation in the program for the 2015 school year with 34 schools. Feed My School first launched in 2011 with a goal to help bridge the gap in nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities. Commissioner Gary Black states "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."
The selection committee met with a goal of adding five new schools to the program; however, the quality of this year’s applicants led to the addition of six new schools. The 2015 additions are:
- Blakeney Elementary, Burke County Schools
- South Jackson Elementary, Jackson County Schools
- Waldo Pafford Elementary, Liberty County Schools
- Furlow Charter School, Sumter County Schools
- Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy, Muscogee County Schools
- Monroe Elementary School, Walton County Schools
The program now consists of 19 schools throughout the State of Georgia. Each school participates in the program for 3 years in order to help build their farm-to-school approach and set a foundation for sustainable farm to cafeteria options. To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.agr.georgia.gov/feed-my-school-for-a-week.aspx.
About Georgia Grown
The Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program provides a powerful branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout the state. Learn more or join Georgia Grown at www.georgiagrown.com.