To Secretary Perdue: School nutrition successes already happening in Georgia
By Donna Martin
It’s lunchtime at Blakeney Elementary School in Burke County, just 35 miles south of Augusta. More than 800 students are buzzing with excitement, thanks to our school nutrition changes.
Each day our cafeteria team members take pride in our lunch participation rate – more than nine out of 10 of our students eat our cafeteria lunches. That’s just one statistic that illustrates the hard work our staff puts into serving students healthy meals and that our kids are eating our healthy school lunches.
That’s why I was so surprised to hear Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently dust off the antiquated excuse that “kids won’t eat healthy food” when he moved to delay the enactment of school nutrition standards. And when Perdue specifically claimed kids won’t eat whole grains, I had to wonder where he’s getting his information.