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.