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DeKalb School District serves up 5 Million Meals campaign
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DeKalb School District serves up 5 Million Meals campaign

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Along with a few other districts, DeKalb County Schools has joined the 5 Million Meals Campaign to help get more local food in schools. 

An official of the DCSD said its nutritionn director, Joyce Wimberly made a pledge to support her local economy and farmers by raising the amount of local produce served to students through a farm to school program. By joining forces, DCSD won a Golden Radish Award. 

The 5 Million Meals Challenge was started in October 2012 by Georgia Organics and partners, with the goal of serving 5 million meals made with locally grown food to cafeterias across Georgia who serve kindergarten through twelfth grades. 

In 123 schools, DCSD served over 12 million lunches that included watermelon, apples, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, carrots and strawberries. 

"Children learn better when their bodies are fueled by nutritious meals. This program helps create a better school environment so that students can reach new heights academically," State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said. "It also helps us expose children to science through agriculture. We must teach our children about an industry that is so critical to Georgia's economy in order to inspire the next generation of farmers and agricultural students." 

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