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School nutrition moves under Ag Commissioner Putnam

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TALLAHASSEE — Effective Jan. 1 the state’s school food and nutrition program moves from the state Department of Education to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, under Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. The transfer is a result of a legislative measure passed by the Legislature during the 2011 legislative session.
“This transfer is a first step in transforming the lifelong eating habits of Florida’s children,” said Putnam. “I believe we can establish a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating if we incorporate more wholesome foods, many of which are grown right here in Florida, into the meals kids eat at school.”
With the transfer of the program, 45.5 full-time employees move to the Office of Food, Nutrition and Wellness. Putnam appointed Robin Safley, who previously served as a consultant with Capital Health Plan (CHP) on wellness issues, as chief of staff at the newly-created office. During the upcoming legislative session, Putnam will work with members of the Legislature to formally create the office as a division within the Department.


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