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Across the country, an increasing number of schools and districts have begun to source more foods locally and to provide complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition. This nationwide movement is designed to enrich children’s bodies and minds while supporting local economies is often referred to as “Farm-to-school.”

One of the objectives of our Food and Nutrition Services Department is to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias and improve student nutrition, while providing agriculture, health and nutrition education supporting our local and regional farmers.

Putnam County Charter School System promotes the Farm-to-School initiative by purchasing and featuring a Georgia grown produce on our monthly menus. Please stay tune for additional Farm-to-School related activities throughout the course of school year 2014-15. Putnam County Charter School System's Food and Nutrition Program looks to continue promoting its renowned Farm-to-School initiatives in collaboration with the University of Georgia's Putnam County Cooperative Extension 4H and Georgia Farm Bureau.

The Farm-to-School initiative links school students and farmers in a way that improves foods offered in schools, educates kids about healthy eating and local foods, and creates income opportunities for farmers supplying local schools. The key is to make these fresh options available and to get kids to try new things.

A Farm-to-School Program can be an important catalyst for change in our efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. It has also been proven to be a successful way to introduce kids and teens to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.




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