October 20, 2003 Albany- The Agriculture Department is buying record amounts of produce for school lunch programs.
The department purchased more than 973 million pounds of fruit and vegetables. That's 22 percent more than the previous year.
If your child goes to a Dougherty County school, they've been getting more produce in their meals since the school year started.
"We've got a certain calorie minimum requirement we have to meet for each one of the age groups," said Stan McWhorter, the director of Child Nutrition for the Dougherty County School System. "By increasing the fruits and vegetables it enables you to get a little more calories that are not harmful to the kids."
USDA officials hope by adding more produce to the meals, it my held fight child obesity.