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City school system earns national nutrition awards for programs
Gainesville City School System cafeteria managers Sheryl Hendrix and Crystal Johnson received the district’s awards. - photo by For The Times

The Gainesville City School System nutrition program received three United States Department of Agriculture Best Practices Awards in recognition of its Wellness Program and Farm to School Program.  

The district has successfully developed and implemented processes in evaluating schools for smart snack compliance for its wellness program it was awarded for. USDA requires that all school districts follow wellness policy guidelines and meet smart snack compliance. 

In addition to the wellness program recognition, two awards were received for the district’s Farm to School program. 

The first award highlighted the school nutrition program for its successful implementation of best practices of Farm to School initiatives at schools through monthly themed events, food sampling opportunities and school nutrition education. 

The second award recognized Gainesville City School System as a 2017 USDA Southeast regional winner. Gainesville City and Burke County school systems were the only two districts in the state to receive this award.

Penny Fowler is the school system’s nutrition director.