Nutrition

Federal grant funds fresh fruit for school snacks

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Posted Sept. 22, 2011, at 1:40 p.m.

The Brunswick Times Record features a story about a federal grant program aimed at bringing fresh fruits and healthy snacks into local schools.

“Today, students at Fisher-Mitchell School will enjoy nectarines, and it won’t be long before more exotic fare such as kiwi, mangoes and — radishes? — will be on the school’s snack menu, thanks to an $11,000 federal grant that will provide fresh fruit and vegetables to all 248 students every day throughout the school year.

‘It’s part of the Obama administration’s effort to improve the health of children by providing access to nutritious meals in schools,’ said Ellen Beal, director of Food Service and Nutrition for Regional School Unit 1. Beal applied for the U.S.D.A. grant for Fisher-Mitchell because so many students at the school qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.”

Read the story here.

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