Skyview Taking Part in Feed My School for a Week | Health
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black visited students at Skyview Elementary School on Friday, December 14, to talk about the “Feed My School for a Week” program. Five schools across the state, including Skyview, were selected by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to serve locally grown foods for an entire week in 2013.
The program aims to teach children where their food comes from and about proper nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Black says the program started in 2011 in three Georgia schools, including Bleckley County Elementary School in Cochran.
“You know for five days the only thing that did not come from Bleckley County was apple juice," he said. "But almost 100 percent of the food was either grown or processed in the county or nearby vicinity.”
The week will also include taste tests, guest speakers, contests, and agriculture education.
Deputy Superintendent of Operations Dr. Kelley Castlin-Gacutan attended the event as well.
“We are so proud that Skyview has this initiative and that we are a part of our state’s focus to make sure we are using Georgia grown foods in our schools," she said. "Commissioner Black raised the point that the more we are able to grow our own food, the more we can improve health and nutrition and help our own farmers here in Georgia.”
Other schools in the program are based in Savannah, Cairo, Danielsville, and Forsyth County.