Launched in October 2012, Georgia Organics and its partners launched the Five Million Meals Challenge, a statewide effort to get five million meals made with locally grown food served in K-12 cafeterias across Georgia. The program is an offshoot of an initiative that began in 2011 with Farm to School advocates who oversaw the serving of three million meals in more than 650 schools, featuring locally produced food.
The goal of the program is to teach children where their food comes from, why that matters and inspire them to eat more fruits and vegetables, said state officials.
Fulton Schools was a charter participant in the program, said Alyssia Wright, executive director of school nutrition. She pledged the district's support to increase the amount of local food served to students through Farm to School, a program that connects schools and local farms.