More than 50,000 students in 128 Kentucky elementary schools will be served fresh fruits and vegetables in the coming school years as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
The program ensures children are given a variety of free produce throughout the school day. The goal is is create healthier school environments by providing healthy choices; expand children’s exposure to fresh produce; expand consumption of the foods; and improve children’s diets.
For a list of all the schools that will receive the funds, click here. The selection was based on applications from elementary schools that have a student population with half or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Priority was given to schools with the highest percentages.
Kentucky received $2.65 million for the program. Each school will receive funds to operate the program based on approximately $52 per student enrolled.