More fresh produce headed to NC elementary students
Posted June 5, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.