FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Office of Communications
Georgia Department of Agriculture Announces New School’s for the 2016 “Feed My School” Program
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced that the Georgia Grown Feed My School for a Week (FMS) program is growing to include 27 schools throughout Georgia.
Commissioner Black says the FMS school systems are on the forefront of the farm to school movement in the state and key to the success of the 20/20 Vision for School Nutrition in Georgia which aims to have at least 20 percent of every meal in every Georgia public school every day to be comprised of Georgia products by the start of the 2020 school year.
“These school nutrition directors are setting the example of how to purchase local products for school systems, all while improving the nutritional value for students,” Commissioner Black said. “We look forward to working with these schools this year and beyond to promote local and healthy eating in school systems throughout the state.”
The quality of this year’s applicants led to the addition of eight new schools including the first private school to enter the program. The 2016 additions are:
- Mountain View Elementary, Meriwether County Schools-Sandra Hudson, School Nutrition Director
- Nahunta Primary, Brantley County Schools- Laura Lynn, School Nutrition Director
- A. Dorothy Hains Elementary, Richmond County Schools- Kelly Schlein, School Nutrition Director
- Lyons Upper Elementary, Toombs County Schools- Courtney Gay, School Nutrition Director
- C.J. Hicks Elementary, Rockdale County Schools- Peggy Lawrence, School Nutrition Director
- Banks County Elementary, Banks County Schools- Stacey Morgan, School Nutrition Director
- A.L. Burruss Elementary, Marietta City Schools- Cindy Culver, School Nutrition Director
- Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, Georgia- Christopher B. Frick, Food Service Director
For a complete list of FMS school systems visit http://feedmyschool.org/FMS/featured_schools.
Feed My School for a Week first launched in 2011 to help bridge the gap in nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities. Through the efforts of schools selected for the FMS program, the Georgia Department of Agriculture is able to identify local agricultural products available to school systems in diverse areas.
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.