Henry County Schools has, for the second time, received a “platinum” golden radish for its nutrition program.
The award recognizes school districts that incorporate farm-to-school principles in nutrition and is given by a number of state agencies, including the Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Organics.
“Our School Nutrition Department is responsible for providing healthy meals to students, staff, and school visitors on a daily basis, and they continue to set the bar for excellence in the areas of quality and delivery,” Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis said. “The food prepared for our students in every school is important in ensuring that each student has the best chance at focusing and excelling in the classroom.”
The south metro school system is one of 22 districts throughout Georgia that have achieved the platinum level.
The district said some of the highlights of its nutrition efforts include tower garden systems in greenhouses at schools with agricultural programs, cooking classes for after-school elementary students and providing Georgia-produced food to students.
Henry Schools serves an average of more than 30,000 meals a day, the district said.
“We are humbled to receive the state’s top honor for school nutrition for the second year in a row,” said Kantrell Brown, executive director of school nutrition. “We don’t take lightly the responsibility we have to provide our students, staff, and visitors with exceptional quality in food choices.”