The Georgia Grown Feed My School for a Week program has grown to include 30 schools, adding three more schools in 2017. The goals of the program, which began in 2011, is to provide nutritional and quality food to students and to have at least 20 percent of every meal in Georgia to be composed of products grown in Georgia by the beginning of the school year in 2020.
The Georgia Department of Agriculture announced in a press release that the following three schools have joined the program; Stetham Elementary School of Barrow County Schools, Elbert County Primary School of Elbert County School, and Treutlen County School.
“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,” Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black said. He added that he hoped the program helped students focus more on locally produced, Georgia grown foods.