Saturday, July 20, 2013

School nutrition programs partner with local farmers

Half Moon Bay Review/Staff, 7/18/13. "Federal grants encourage nutritious school food."
Hopefully the next generation will be even better and smarter than us
....  "Hundreds of school sites across California will share more than $12.5 million in state and federal grants to provide nutritious food to students while also supporting local farmers and the local economies, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Tuesday. 

....  In all, 364 sites in the state will share $11.4 million in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants. This grant is authorized by the National School Lunch Act and provides funding to eligible elementary school sites to offer students a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks during the school day. The school sites must make free fresh fruits and vegetables available to all enrolled children, publicize the availability of these foods, and document support of various local school officials. The grant encourages schools to partner with community groups to support their efforts to teach students about good nutrition."

RelatedUnited States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services/Child Nutrition Programs.  "The Food and Nutrition Service administers several programs that provide healthy food to children including the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program.  Administered by State agencies, each of these programs helps fight hunger and obesity by reimbursing organizations such as schools, child care centers, and after-school programs for providing healthy meals to children."   Note:  photograph from this article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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