A new federal grant will pay for Magnolia students to receive more fruits and vegetables with their meals.

The Magnolia School District has received more than $70,000 in grants to assure that students receive fresh fruits and vegetables with some of their school meals.

The United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grant for the 2020-2021 school year will send $40,250 to East Side Elementary, and $33,250 to Central Elementary.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to children at eligible elementary schools during the school day. The goal of the FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children.

The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education.

The fresh fruits and vegetables are served to students twice per week in addition to daily breakfast and lunch.

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