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2017 Georgia Grown Test Kitchen Schools

Dan Georgia, Industry News Release

Georgia grownGeorgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has announced the latest schools selected to participate in the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen program. This is the fourth 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:

  •  Glascock Consolidated School, Glascock County Schools
  •  Radium Elementary, Dougherty County Schools
  •  Pleasant Grove Elementary, Henry County Schools
  •  Metter High School, Candler County Schools

The Georgia Department of Agriculture is proud to have such a wide range of participants which reaches students from pre-k through high school grade levels. The Georgia Grown Test Kitchen, along with the Feed My School for a Week program, help to bridge the gap in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities.

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Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black

“Through our Georgia Grown Test Kitchen and Feed My School for a Week programs, we have been able to influence the buying and consuming habits of nutritional directors and students across the state,” said Commissioner Black. “These programs are able to show how easy it can be to buy locally grown products and are also improving the nutritional value of food in cafeterias for our students. We look forward to working with these newly added schools in an effort to promote local and healthy eating.”

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. Georgia Grown Test Kitchen recipes are chef created, cafeteria employee tested and student approved.

To find the past Georgia Grown Test Kitchen recipes please visit Test Kitchen recipes are created to fit into the USDA National School Lunch Program meal pattern.

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