113 Idaho schools awarded Fresh Fruit & Vegetable grants | Health
Schools across Idaho have been awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants so that they can provide healthy snack options throughout the day. A total of 113 schools were awarded the grant including 20 schools in 10 districts in North Idaho.
“The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a voluntary program that many schools across Idaho have used not only to provide more nutritious options, but also as a creative way to teach Idaho students about history, geography, writing or other critical subjects,” said Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
The program is part of a federal initiative by U.S. Department of Agriculture to offer schools a wider variety of produce. Schools are reimbursed for providing fresh produce to all students during the school day, but it has to be at a time outside of the normal lunch hour.
Because of this, participating schools are able to provide a healthy mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack that exposes students to new fruits and vegetables and to ones they are familiar with but may have only eaten one way.
Teachers can incorporate the introduction of new fruits and vegetables into class room lessons on healthy eating, geography, or by having students write about trying the new item. Schools were awarded the grant through a competitive application process, grants expire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
For more information on the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program visit www.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/