CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Department of Education has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to some of the state’s neediest children.
Twenty-five schools where at least 50 percent of the student population qualifies for free and reduced meals will be chosen to participate. Schools interested in the program must provide fresh fruits and vegetables at no charge to students at times other than meal periods.
“This grant will help us increase the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables that students consume during the school day and help them develop lifelong healthy eating habits,” said Rick Goff, executive director for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition.
Nutrition remains an important ingredient in the recipe for academic success. Kids who eat at school are better nourished and better prepared to learn.
“Good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle lead to solid academic success that will continue throughout a student’s lifetime,” said state Superintendent of Schools Steve Paine. “Building a healthy lifestyle should start at an early age at school and at home.”
Schools that wish to participate in the fresh fruit and vegetable program must apply by May 28. For more information, contact Kathy Talley in the Office of Child Nutrition at (304) 558-2708 or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.