The Searcy School District was recently notified it will receive a total of over $89,500 in federal grant funds for service of fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the 2021-22 school year! Students at Southwest Middle School and all three elementary schools will have the opportunity to participate in this special program.
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. Searcy School District seeks to provide locally grown products from the area. The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education.
Charlotte Davis, District Child Nutrition Director who is responsible for implementation and oversight of the grants, said “Research has shown that children who are exposed to a variety of fruits and vegetables at a young age are more likely to choose them more often as adults, so I am super-excited for this awesome opportunity to promote the long-term health of our students!” The service of the fresh fruit and vegetable snacks is set to begin in October.