COATESVILLE – Five elementary schools in the Coatesville-area school district will receive total funding of more than $ 146,000 to provide students with fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day, State Senator Carolyn Comitta said.
Grant funds, provided through the United States Department of Agriculture (FFVP) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, are as follows:
- Caln Elementary School will receive $ 24,895.
- East Fallowfield Elementary School will receive $ 23,270.
- Kings Highway Elementary School will receive $ 30,335.
- Rainbow Elementary School will receive $ 46,150.
- Reeceville Elementary School will receive $ 22,230.
Comitta, who sits on the Senate education committee, said snacking on fresh fruits and vegetables at school could help students maintain healthy eating habits later.
âCreating a safe and healthy environment in schools involves ensuring that students receive the appropriate support, resources and nutrition to excel,â said Comitta. âThis funding will ensure that all students have access to healthy food choices, fresh fruits and vegetables, and comprehensive access to good nutrition. Promoting such choices as part of a nutritious diet early on can help students develop healthier eating habits later. “
The CASD Schools Funding is part of more than $ 7 million in FFVP grants awarded to 288 elementary schools across the Commonwealth.
âHealthy and nutritious meals are essential for a child’s growth and success,â Education Secretary Noe Ortega said. “These fresh food grants will allow students to have access to fresh produce that they might not otherwise be presented to, while supporting their physical and academic growth.”
First implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and now available in all 50 states, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program aims to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables. vegetables that students experience, increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables, and have a positive impact on the present and future health of the students.
Funding priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and discounted meals. Recipients are required to spend the bulk of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students, but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials.
“The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program gives young students exposure to fresh fruit and vegetables that might not otherwise have the opportunity, and at the same time provides them with a healthy snack,” said the director of Status of Food and Nutrition Division Child Nutrition Programs. , Vonda Ramp MS, RD âWe are delighted to offer this opportunity to award-winning schools. “