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Georgia Department of Agriculture Presents the Georgia Grown System of Distinction Award


Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Office of Communications

Georgia Department of Agriculture Presents the Georgia Grown System of Distinction Award

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is proud to present this year’s Georgia Grown System of Distinction Award to Bartow County Schools, Barrow County Schools and Evans County Schools. This is the second year of the award which was established to recognize the nutrition directors and their schools for their leadership in developing superior farm-to-school programs on the state and national level.

“These school systems are on the forefront of the farm-to-school movement in the state and are leaders in setting an example of how to purchase local products while also improving nutritional value for students,” Commissioner Black said. “We look forward in continuing our relationship with these systems as we strive to successfully reach our goal set forth by the 20/20 Vision for School Nutrition in Georgia.”

The 20/20 Vision for School Nutrition aims to have at least 20 percent of every meal in every Georgia public school every day to be comprised of Georgia products by the start of the 2020 school year.

All three school systems are members of the Georgia Grown Feed My School for a Week and Test Kitchen programs and have excelled with first-rate insight, abundant student involvement and stellar farm-to-school events that have led to further development of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s multiple farm-to-school efforts. The school systems received their award during their July 2017 Board of Education meetings.


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