From the Georgia Department of Agriculture:
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black today announced the latest schools selected to participate in the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s (GDA) Georgia Grown Test Kitchen. This is the second year of the program, which promotes local and healthy eating in schools across the state by supplying school nutrition directors with healthy recipes using Georgia Grown commodities. This year’s additions are:
1. Apalachee High School – Barrow County
2. Renfroe Middle School – City Schools of Decatur
3. Hickory Hills Elementary School – Marietta City Schools
4. Clear Creek Elementary School – Bartow County
5. Georgia State University Panther Dining
GDA is proud to have such a wide range of participants which now reaches students from pre-k through graduate school. The Georgia Grown Test Kitchen, along with Feed My School for a Week, help to bridge the gap in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities.
“Through programs such as the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen and Feed My School for a Week, we are influencing the buying habits of nutritional directors across the state,” said Commissioner Black. “We are showing the ease that comes with purchasing local products for school systems, while improving the nutritional value for students. We look forward to working with these schools this year to promote local and healthy eating in school systems throughout the state.”
The Georgia Department of Agriculture will supply the new Test Kitchen schools with recipes using Georgia Grown commodities that will contain nutritional information as well as information on how to source the listed products. In turn, the schools will provide feedback on the given recipes and participate in other Georgia Grown activities throughout the year.
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.