By Ontario Richardson
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - As students enter the cafeteria at Oak Grove Upper and Lower Elementary Schools they are lining up for some healthy eating says Becky Bounds, Lamar County's District Nutritionist.
"We cook from scratch everyday. We bake bread from scratch everyday. Our entree is made from scratch everyday. We think that is important that it is not bagged and packaged and put out on the line, everything is done with a little tender loving care," said Bounds.
The district serve students fresh fruits and vegetable everyday as well. Bounds says she's excited 11 of Lamar County Schools received the Gold Award of Distinction and Gold Awards on a national level for healthy food and nutrition services. Purvis High was the only high school in the nation to get a gold award of distinction.
"It simply means we are making a difference.,and our state gets a bad wrap about being the most obese state in the nation but you know we got it right. We are trying to make a difference everyday, and you can't change those habits over night but schools can make a difference and we are doing that," said Bounds.
The USDA's Food and Nutrition Deputy Undersecretary, Janey Thornton out Washington D.C. will visit Lamar County Schools on December 9th to congratulate them on their outstanding awards.