Back to School: 'Shake it up in School Nutrition'

The Georgia Department of Ed's new 'Shake it Up' initiative hopes to change the negative perceptions of school food programs across the state. / WGXA

ATLANTA, Ga.-- Eating right plays a key role in student development and with the new school year underway, state leaders are looking to "Shake It Up" in school nutrition.

The Georgia Department of Education's new initiative hopes to change the negative perceptions of school food programs, while cutting back on food waste and create exciting new recipes and flavors in school cafeterias.

"One of the most important things that we're working on is making sure that our food that we serve our kids for breakfast and lunch is hot, healthy and delicious," said Laura Lynn, President of the Georgia School Nutrition Association. "Because we want our kids to have full tummies when they are in the classroom."

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently met with school nutrition leaders to discuss the successes and challenges as schools work to improve menus for students.

"By the year 2020, we want to make sure that almost the entire plate, if not the entire plate is completely Georgia grown products. We are very proud of the efforts of our farmers and what the department of Agriculture are doing and so we're partnering with them to shop locally and feed our kids some great Georgia food," Lynn added.

For more information on the 'Shake it Up' in School Nutrition initiate visit the Georgia Department of Education's website.

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