‘Feed My School for a Week' community meeting
What: Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black will speak about program to increase local food in schools
When: 6 p.m. Thursday
Where: Wauka Mountain Elementary School, 5850 Brookton Lula Road, Gainesville
For more information: Georgia Department of Agriculture
Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy will be putting 75 to 100 percent Georgia-grown foods on the lunch menu for one week this spring.
It's part of the Georgia Department of Agriculture's "Feed My School For a Week" program, and Wauka was chosen as one of three schools in the state to participate.
At a community meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Georgia Department of Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black will speak about the program with key players at Wauka along with local growers and suppliers.
Hillary Savage, head of school nutrition in Hall County, said the program is a win-win situation.
"It's a win for our students because (local) food looks better and tastes better and (for) our economy because it supports local growers," Savage said.
The school's week of Georgia-grown lunches will help determine how to logistically implement the program in schools across the state.
"It's the first time they're doing this so they want a small sample," Savage said.
She added that the program will not start until the week of May 7 but there is still some planning to do.
She said she hopes the meeting will help answer any questions the community may have about the program.