Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fresh Fruit Program To Start In Putnam Schools

Two Putnam County elementary schools are among those chosen to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2010-11 school year. The program allows students to newly experience fresh fruits and veggies in hopes their consumption will increase throughout their lives. Money for the program is provided to the Department of Education through the United States Department of Agriculture as part of the National School Lunch Program. Schools submitted applications to be considered and were selected based on factors such as staff commitment, efficient use of resources and innovative promotional efforts. Schools with the greatest percentage of economically disadvantaged students were given the highest level of consideration. The program will allow schools to provide approved fruits and vegetables at no charge to students during the school day. But fruits and vegetables must be fresh, not canned or frozen, or vacuum packed. In Putnam County, the schools that will be participating are Jere Whitson and Uffelman.