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School district participates in 5 Million Meals
School district participates in 5 Million Meals

MARIETTA, Ga. -- The Cobb County School District was recently honored for its work with the 5 Million Meals campaign.

Cynthia Downs, Cobb's nutrition director, accepted the Golden Radish Award at the Georgia State Capitol Tuesday.

The 5 Million Meals challenge was introduced last October by Georgia Organics. Its goal is to make 5 million meals with locally grown food and serve them in K-12 cafeterias across the state.

Downs pledged her support to the cause by increasing the amount of local food served in Cobb County cafeterias. She was honored for her hard work by Georgia School Superintendent Dr. John Barge, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia Organics President Rashid Nuri.

"Children learn better when their bodies and minds are fueled by nutritional meals. This program helps create a better school environment so that students can reach new heights academically. It also helps us expose children to science through agriculture," Barge said in a statement. "We must teach our children about an industry that is so critical to Georgia's economy in order to inspire the next generation of farmers and agricultural scientists."

Other metro Atlanta school districts that received the Golden Radish Award include Atlanta Public Schools, City Schools of Decatur, Fulton County Schools, Marietta City Schools, Newton County Schools and Rockdale County Public Schools.