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Leaders within the agriculture, education and public health sectors joined together in December 2015 to discuss a plan to increase the presence of more nutritious, local foods within the school cafeterias in Georgia.

The “2020 Vision for School Nutrition” was announced during a meeting led by Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods and Dr. Kathy Peavey, Assistant Director of School Nutrition Program for the Georgia Department of Education.

The vision cast by the team for the 2020 project is to have at least 20 percent of every meal in every Georgia public school to be comprised of Georgia products by the start of the 2020 school year. In addition, 20 percent of Georgia public schools will be challenged to reach the 50 percent mark for their menu content. Polk County is on target to reach the new 50 percent mark.

Director of School’s Nutrition, Dr. Linda Holland, announced that Polk County Schools have met Commissioner Black’s “2020 Vision”.

“To have achieved this goal so early is amazing and a tribute to the dedicated hard work by Dr Holland” said Glenn Robinson, President of Polk County Cattlemen’s Association.