SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) will see more local produce in their meals this school year.
Thanks to a two-year, $100,000 dollar Farm to School grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the SCCPSS Nutrition Program will implement increased use of local produce by scaling up the district’s current school garden program.
This means that students will have the opportunity to learn how to garden while using the produce in the meals they eat.
“We are trying to encourage kids to try to use some knowledge to know how to grow things and this grant will help us to give them resources to do that,” says School Nutrition Director Onetha Bonaparte.
Students will be able to incorporate the school gardens in many aspects of their education, says dietitian and member of the school nutrition program, Dorothy Dupree.
“School gardens are amazing because you can do pretty much any subject. you can relate to growing food and being out in a school garden whether it be math, science, obviously but even art”, Dupree says.
The school gardens will be planted at Butler Elementary, Brock Elementary, Heard Elementary, Hodge Elementary, Gould Elementary, Windsor Forest Elementary and Charles Ellis Montessori.
If Savannah’s program is successful, the Department of Agriculture plans to expand to more schools across the state.
SCCPSS is one of just 29 organizations across the southeast, one of only six in Georgia, to be awarded a grant.