For the third consecutive year, Phillips and Strong Schools were awarded a Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program grant. The program, fundedby the USDA and awarded to schools with high numbers of students who qualify for free meals, allows us to offer all students snacks of fresh fruits or vegetables several times per week. The goal of the grant is to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables and to taste foods that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to try.
At the end of last year, teachers were asked about the program. Here are some of their comments:
“It is nice seeing kids eating well – those quick snacks are keeping them energized and working through the day.”
“The rule in my room is that you have to at least try something. Most of the time the kids found out they actually liked something they thought they did not. They enjoy seeing the snack coming and trying new things. There were a few things I have never tried myself. Great opportunity for our students to participate in healthy eating and snack choices.”