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More fresh produce headed to NC elementary students

Posted June 5, 2014

— Low-income students at 158 elementary schools throughout North Carolina – including those in Durham, Wake and Franklin counties – will get more fresh fruit and vegetables with their school meals during the next year.

The state Department of Public Instruction announced Thursday that the schools have received a $4 million grant from the USDA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program. The money will be used to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables on school menus and provide healthier choices for students.

“This grant will ensure that many North Carolina children enjoy more fresh fruit and vegetables and learn that good health and nutrition can lead to greater success in and out of the classroom,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said.

The department received 244 grant applications for the 2014-2015 school year. The award amount for each school is based on enrollment.

To see a list of the 158 winning schools, visit the North Carolina Public Schools website.


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  • Tanya Rose Jun 5, 2014
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    The article clearly states that the grant is for the 2014-2015 school year.

  • nmyopenyun Jun 5, 2014

    There is fresh fruit and produce in many school cafeterias now, look in every trash can, you will find your fill of them. They are no longer allowed to season food, no table salt or pepper allowed. You ever tried to eat a crunchy cooked pinto bean, wheat bread pizza, unseasoned lima beans. School lunch is now healthier, less calories, because it is going in the trash cans across our state. I used to trade my home made sandwich for a school lunch, I would keep my sandwich now. By the way it is not the lunch ladies fault. So add freshness, but contact the pig farmer to pick up the left overs as they did when I was a child. Visit your public school, know the truth then comment.

  • diana123 Jun 5, 2014

    fresh produce should be fed in the schools anyway. duuuhhhh

  • momeeee Jun 5, 2014

    All I can say about your post is "WOW!" The grant is from the USDA and has nothing to do with school safety. We should be thankful that they gave us this grant. There is nothing "fresh" in a school lunch now!

  • momeeee Jun 5, 2014

    Thank you USDA for giving this grant to our schools. Fresh fruits and vegetables are def not on the menu now!

  • tobywilliamson1973 Jun 5, 2014

    Great, just in time for the end of school! Great timing. They need this stuff all year, not the last two weeks.

  • Monkey_Joe Jun 5, 2014

    In the words of Marie Antoinette "Let them eat Kale"

  • Lisa Menendez Jun 5, 2014
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    Eating healthy starts at home... I ate healthy at home and pizza, fries, and burgers in school... I see the foods low purchased with food stamps and most is not healthy. Most I see in stores are buying more expensive meats than working people... Don't think you're going to force the bell peppers, eggplant and these other produce on kids not use to them... Think it's a waste. Should make EBT limited to the types of foods you can purchase to start off with.

  • Joseph Smith Jun 5, 2014
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    I can remember when people planted gardens. The idea of not having fresh vegetables was unheard of. Then came foodstamps.

  • Amy Kunkle Jun 5, 2014
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    State tax money going to buy lots of veggies for the elementary schools (like they would eat eggplant or squash) that will by and far be tossed by the kids- OR- that same amount of money be used for better security systems and training to keep the kids safe. I'd rather my kid have a hot dog and french fries than have to be in a Sandy Hook situation.