FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Office of Communications
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced that the Georgia Grown Feed My School for a Week program is growing to include 30 schools throughout Georgia.
Commissioner Black believes the Feed My School program school systems are the driving force of the farm to school movement within the state of Georgia and are the key to success for the 20/20 Vision for School Nutrition in Georgia, a program which aims to have at least 20 percent of every meal in each Georgia public school to be comprised of Georgia products by the start of the 2020 school year.
“Through the Feed My School programs we are able to change the purchasing habits of a generation from the time they enter our school systems,” Commissioner Black said. “Our aim with the Feed My School programs is to create a focus on Georgia Grown products for these young students.”
The quality of this year’s applicants led to the addition of three new schools. The 2017 additions are:
- Statham Elementary School, Barrow County Schools- Pamela LeFrois, School Nutrition Director
- Elbert County Primary School, Elbert County Schools- Bridgette Matthews, School Nutrition Director
- Treutlen County School, (One K-12 School) – Alecia Barrett, Food Service Director
For a complete list of FMS school systems visit
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 also providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities. Through the efforts of the 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 Georgia Grown The Georgia Grown program provides a powerful new branding tool as well as education, marketing and business connections to expand agribusinesses and the agricultural industry throughout Georgia. Learn more today at www.GeorgiaGrown.com.
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, visitwww.agr.georgia.gov.