…And we’ve got the annual report to prove it! From the 5 Million Meals Campaign (which we way, way undershot) to the Golden Radish Awards to the Lettuce Try It campaign for National Farm to School Month to our work in our Northeast Georgia Pilot program, we had a lot to crow about!
And the need for this work has never been more urgent. From the report:
While 43% of Georgia teenagers eat fruits less than once a day and vegetables less than once a day, the state is the fourth largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the nation. Georgia schools serve more than 1.7 million meals a day, yet most of the state’s agricultural products are exported.
Over 21% of Georgia’s children are overweight; at the same time, 75% of parents in the state don’t recognize obesity as a problem. Nearly one million Georgia children are overweight or obese – that’s enough kids to fill the Georgia Dome for every Atlanta Falcons game this season. And finally, where socio-economic status is closely linked to obesity, the state’s poverty rate soars above the national average at 16.5%, yet it is home to over sixteen Fortune 500 companies.
Read the full report here.
Luckily, 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for our farm to school efforts. The Golden Radish Award is back and better than ever, we’ve got an exciting radish-based campaign in the works, and this fall some amazing FoodCorps volunteers will be working in communities across the state.
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