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      Food from the dirt to the plate

      October is known as National Farm-to-School Month, and the Tift County School System is doing their part to raise awareness.Officials with the school system say because of the high obesity rate in the country the Farm-to-School program is aiming for better meals served during lunch time.Experts say they want the students to understand how important it is each and love fresh fruits and vegetables because those type of food play a huge role in determining a kids future health; getting kids to understand the journey of food from the dirt to plate is key.Tift County School Nutrition Director Vanessa Hayes says the more color on your plate, the better. "If it's in its natural state and you don't mess with it, the better for you," says Hayes. The Farm-to-School program has been implemented in the Tift County School System for two years.

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