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March 11, 2013

Local school system awarded for serving locally-grown foods



According to the press release, 3 million meals featuring locally produced food were served in more than 650 Georgia schools in 2011 as part of the “5 Million Meals Challenge” to teach children where their food comes from and why that matters, and inspire them to eat more fruits and vegetables. Starr signed the “5 Million Meals Challenge” pledge last year and has since continually tried to find Georgia farmers to provide fresh produce to Baldwin County students.

“In south and north Georgia, there are farmers all over the place. In Baldwin County, it’s tough here because we don’t have local farmers. I have to research and pull from other counties. I plan to concentrate on one supplier to provide a vegetable for one school. Right now we have carrots coming in from Dexter Farms, which is a Georgia-grown product,” Starr said. “From July to now, we’ve served close to 700,000 meals for lunch alone in our schools. With Farm to School, it’s not just about produce; we can also look at poultry, beef and pork. The meat is hormone-free and grass-fed; I would love to get that in our schools.”

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