Funding to increase fresh fruits, vegetables to schools

Funding to increase fresh fruits, vegetables to schools
Lake Road second grader Ruben Martin selects an apple from the fruit bar. (Source: Poplar Bluff R-1 School District)
Lake Road second grader Ruben Martin selects an apple from the fruit bar. (Source: Poplar Bluff R-1 School District)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - Extra cash means kids in one Region 8 school district will get fresh and tasty healthy snacks.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approved $183,000 in funding for Poplar Bluff R-1 to expand its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

The extra funding means students in all of the district's elementary schools will be able to enjoy fresh produce at least two times a week during class breaks.

The money will also equip a salad bar at each of the schools.

Kids won't just be selecting from apples and oranges. Dixie Harden, food services director, said her team plans to introduce produce the students may not have ever eaten like star fruit, jicama, and sugar snap peas.

The FFVP, according to a news release from the school district, "was established to help students develop lifelong healthful eating habits." Chartwells administers the program at no cost to the district.

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