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Schools Receive USDA Grant
Schools Receive USDA Grant 10/08/2019
Three CCS schools have received a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the 2019-2020 school year.
Students at Royal Oaks, W.M. Irvin and Wolf Meadow Elementary Schools can enjoy a fruit or vegetable snack three to five days per week thanks to the federally funded program. The district stands to receive approximately $76,000 in federal funding via this program.
The goal of the FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children. The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education. The program is consistent with and supports the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s recommendations to provide healthier snack choices in schools.
Elementary schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are eligible to participate. Schools must operate the National School Lunch Program in order to operate the FFVP. Importantly, the FFVP prioritizes schools with the highest percentage of children certified as eligible for free and reduced price meals. This is because children from low-income families generally have fewer opportunities to consume fresh produce on a regular basis. The program is administered in each school by the School Nutrition Program in partnership with school administrators. To learn more, visit the FFVP webpage: https://www.fns.usda.gov/ffvp/fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program