Cobb County School District was one of 25 Georgia school systems recognized March 6 at the state capitol for its participation in the 5 Million Meals campaign, a statewide effort to get more local food in schools. State superintendent Dr. John Barge and Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black presented CCSD Wellness Supervisor Kelley Toon with the Golden Radish award for the District’s efforts promoting the ‘Georgia Grown’ program. School districts were also honored with resolutions in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
Georgia Organics and its partners launched the 5 Million Meals Challenge in fall 2012, with the goal of serving 5 million meals made with locally grown food in K-12 cafeterias across Georgia. The program includes educational components to help teach children where their food comes from and why that matters, and inspire them to eat more fruits and vegetables. During this school year, Cobb students have enjoyed Georgia Grown gala apples, fuji apples, pink lady apples, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, collard greens, kale, and carrots. For March 2013, Cobb school cafeterias are featuring locally grown green beans and strawberries.
Dr. Barge said, “Children learn better when their bodies and minds are fueled by nutritional meals. This program helps create a better school environment so that students can reach new heights academically. It also helps us expose children to science through agriculture. We must teach our children about an industry that is so critical to Georgia’s economy in order to inspire the next generation of farmers and agricultural scientists.”
Cynthia Downs, Director of Food & Nutrition Services, pledged to continue supporting the local economy and local farmers through the Farm to School program. Visit the Food & Nutrition Services section of the CCSD website for breakfast and lunch menus and more information about the District’s nutrition offerings.