Leaders within the agriculture and education sectors joined together recently to discuss a plan to increase the presence of more nutritious, local foods within the school cafeterias in Georgia. The “2020 Vision for School Nutrition” was announced during a meeting led by Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods and Dr. Kathy Peavey, Assistant Director of School Nutrition Program for the Georgia Department of Education.
The vision cast by the team for the 2020 project is 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. In addition, 20 percent of schools will be challenged to reach the 50 percent mark for their menu content. “Today is the day that we drive the stake into the soil of Georgia to change the paradigm of school nutrition for students throughout the state,” Commissioner Black said.
The team is represented by a wide array of Georgians from suppliers to growers, students and parents to education and school nutrition leaders, government officials to concerned citizens, and leaders in communities throughout the state. “Each and every part of the community is equally important to the success of our students,” Superintendent Woods said. “Our students must have proper, nutritious meals in order to learn, and that’s why I’m excited to help make the ‘2020 Vision for School Nutrition’ a reality. We have a great opportunity to create a movement in Georgia for more local and highly nutritious foods in our school cafeterias.”
The 2020 Vision is a part of the Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, which encompasses the Feed My School for a Week initiative, currently in its fifth year. “We desire and appreciate your commitment to us with the 2020 vision plan,” Dr. Kathy Peavey said. “We are excited to see what opportunities we will make for our farmers and businesses in Georgia, but, most importantly, for our students.
The kickoff meeting for the “2020 Vision for School Nutrition” was held December 11, 2015 at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, Georgia.