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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

Get Ready for Nutrition Education in Lunchrooms!
Over $250,000 available to schools for lunchroom learning programs
 
If you’re a parent, guardian, teacher or lunch lady, you know that it’s not always easy convincing kids to eat their vegetables and fruits. USDA school food standards require a serving of fruit or vegetables on every school lunch tray. But what happens when students won’t eat it?

Nutrition education that includes samplings of fresh fruits and vegetables helps kids accept and enjoy the foods that are key for good health. That's why we've created
 Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools, to help schools increase kids' access to fresh fruits and vegetables and provide nutrition education through fun lunchroom learning activities.
"Grants like this really help support doing something different, and forced us to think outside the box. Project Produce gave us the opportunity to have meaningful food experiences with kids and allowed food service to become an extension to education," reports Shelly Allen, Food Service Director from St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado. Read about the incredible impact the program had at St. Vrain Valley Schools here.
About the Program
Project Produce is a grant program designed to help create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's nutrition program.
  • Any district or independent school participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply
  • Districts may apply for grants for up to 10 schools
  • There is no deadline and grants will be administered on a rolling basis
  • Read this article for helpful application tips
For more information and to submit your application, please visit: http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs-and-grants/project-produce/