Mon., November 26, 2012 5:00am (EST)

Local Produce Moves From Farms to Schools
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA, Ga.  —  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a plan to spend over $4.5 million on 68 projects nationwide, which include three sites in Georgia. (Photo courtesy: Kamakshi Sachidanandam via flickr)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a plan to spend over $4.5 million on 68 projects nationwide, which include three sites in Georgia. (Photo courtesy: Kamakshi Sachidanandam via flickr)
Nearly a quarter of a million dollars in federal grant funding will help bring locally grown food to school cafeterias in Georgia.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a plan to spend over $4.5 million on 68 projects nationwide, which include three sites in Georgia.

The Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, in Albany, will receive about $100,000 in grant funding. They plan to launch a regional farm-to-school program, which includes nutrition education activities and trips to local farms.

Community Health Works, in Macon, received just under $100,000. They plan to fight childhood obesity by offering locally grown Peach County produce in school cafeterias at least once a week.

The Carrollton school district was awarded about $30,000.


Officials there say they will use the money to continue offering fresh produce.