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April 6, 2014

Georgia Grown Test Kitchen program announced

-- — Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black recently announced a new initiative aimed at increasing awareness about the importance of proper nutrition and healthy eating.

The “Georgia Grown Test Kitchen” program will promote local and healthy eating in schools across the state through supplying school nutrition directors with healthy recipes using Georgia Grown commodities.  

The Georgia Grown Test Kitchen, along with the Feed My School for a Week Program, will help bridge the gap in the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools, while providing more farm to cafeteria opportunities.

The end result will be healthier Georgia students, decreased barriers in farm-to-school efforts and increased awareness as students learn and experience, both educationally and nutritionally, where their food comes from.

“Through programs such as the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen and Feed My School for a Week, we are influencing the buying habits of nutritional directors across the state,” said Black. “We are showing the ease that comes with purchasing local products for school systems, while improving the nutritional value for students.”

Ten schools across the state will be selected to taste test recipes using Georgia Grown commodities.

These recipes will contain information on how to source the product, nutritional information and the students’ opinions on the recipes.

The selected schools will also participate in other Georgia Grown activities throughout the year.

Applications will be due on May 9.

Those interested in nominating a school for the program should have the school’s nutritional director contact Misty Friedman at Misty.Friedman

@agr.georgia.gov.

Applications can be found at http://forummaster.com/webx/TKA/?test

Kitchen App or at the website www.georgia

grown.com.

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