Farm to School Programs Showcased in Georgia

08/30/2016 - This month, 19 Georgia school districts participated in "Feed My School for a Week," a program which "increases the nutritional value and quality of food in Georgia schools and bridges the communication gaps from the farm to the cafeteria, resulting in healthier Georgia children."

Academy President-Elect Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, also serves as the nutrition program director of Burke County Schools, one of the Georgia school districts taking part in the "Feed My School for a Week" program. Last week, she was joined by Georgia congressman Rep. Rick Allen at Waynesboro Primary School to highlight the important relationships between local farmers and school nutrition programs.

The Academy officer spoke to Allen about the importance of the nutritionally sound school meals programs and the impact their thriving farm to school program is having on children's eating habits. On a national level, the Academy has supported farm to school programs as part of the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization process, making recommendations to fund grant programs like the Farm to School Act of 2015.