Harrisburg- July 30, 2018- Nearly a quarter million dollars in total grant funding through U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) has been awarded to Clairton, Duquesne City, East Allegheny, McKeesport, West Mifflin Area, and Kiski Area School Districts, according to state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland).

“Fresh fruits and vegetables greatly benefit our children,” Brewster said.  “Proper nutrition allows them to thrive as students, but it also sets them up with healthy eating habits for the rest of their lives.”

Pennsylvania was the first state to utilize the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FFVP program in 2004.  The program was expanded to all 50 states by 2008.  FFVP aims to create a healthier school environment by providing healthier food choices to students. Healthier food options, like fresh fruits and vegetables, positively impact students’ long-term health.

FFVP funding is only available to schools where 50 percent or more of students qualify for free or reduced meals. The funding will go towards the planning and purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as providing nutrition education to students.

The total amount of grant funding for schools in Brewster’s district is $247,530. The schools that will be receiving the funds include:

  • Allegheny IU 3 Sunrise – $2,331.00
  • Clairton Elementary School- $24,253.50
  • Duquesne Elementary School- $20,812.50
  • Logan Elementary School- $46,953.00
  • Kiski Area East Primary School- $26,473.50
  • Francis McClure Elementary School- $40,237.50
  • Twin Rivers Elementary School- $43,623.00
  • South Allegheny Early Childhood- $13,042.50
  • Homeville Elementary School- $19,425.00
  • New Emerson Elementary School- $10,378.50

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