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School District Five school receives USDA grant for fresh fruits and vegetables

For Immediate Release – September 18, 2020

 

 

School District Five school receives USDA grant for fresh fruits and vegetables

IRMO –Seven Oaks Elementary School MEDIA Magnet has received a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

“The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grant helps us reach students and provide them with some extra nourishment for their bodies and minds,” said Todd A. Bedenbaugh, School District Five Director of Student Nutrition. “This grant allows students to taste fresh produce snacks and also learn about fruits and vegetables, from grapes to halfmoon zucchini and even jicama - many of which are grown in the Palmetto State.”  

 

As a requirement for the grant, the fruits and vegetables purchased for the program must be distributed to students outside of the regular breakfast and lunch time. Students will sample the variety of produce as a snack during the school day. 

 

Seven Oaks Principal, Christian English said, “The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program offers an opportunity to introduce fruits and vegetables to students to develop healthy habits for a lifetime. We are thankful for being selected for this program and how it will benefit our students.”

 

The primary goal of the program is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices and give students the opportunity to discover and have access to a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables on a more regular basis.

 

To learn more about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program please visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/ffvp/fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program.

 

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