The Georgia Department of Agriculture, Atlanta, is introducing a program, the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen, to increase awareness in local schools about the importance of proper nutrition.

The Georgia Grown Test Kitchen, along with the Feed My School for a Week program, will help improve the nutritional value and quality of food served in Georgia schools by supplying school nutrition directors with healthy recipes that use local Georgia Grown commodities.

The program will work to educate students through experience about where their food comes from and its nutritional value, making the students healthier and decreasing the obstacles in farm to school efforts.

“Through programs such as the Georgia Grown Test Kitchen and Feed My School for a Week, we are influencing the buying habits of nutritional directors across the state,” said Gary Black, Georgia agriculture commissioner. “We are showing the ease that comes with purchasing local products for school systems, while improving the nutritional value for students.”

Ten Georgia schools will be selected to taste test recipes using Georgia Grown commodities. These recipes will contain nutritional information and details about how to source the local products. The selected schools will also participate in other Georgia Grown activities throughout the year.

Applications for nominating a school for the program are due on May 9 and can be found at