Schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and vegetables

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HARRISBURG, July 31 – Grants have been awarded to the Erie City School District and the Iroquois School District, in order to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, announced state Rep. Pat Harkins. 

The 2018-19 grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, whose goal is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables in schools by increasing consumption among students with the hope of impacting their present and future health. 

“When children eat healthy it benefits their overall well-being,” Harkins said. “These grants are essential in providing students with good nutrition that will hopefully lead them to make healthier choices leading into adulthood.” 

Below is a list of schools with the amount they received: 

•    Diehl Elementary School                           $27,639. 
•    Edison Elementary School                        $28,471.50. 
•    GECAC Community Charter School        $18,648.
•    Jefferson Elementary School                    $26,473.50.
•    McKinley Elementary School                    $30,469.50.
•    Iroquois Elementary School                      $38,073.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program first started in the commonwealth in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more in order to qualify for the grants. 

Nearly 200 elementary schools across Pennsylvania were selected to receive the grants that total almost $5 million. 

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