Kirkland announces $113K in fresh food grants to local elementary schools

CHESTER, July 16 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, announced more than $113,000 in fresh food grants has been awarded to elementary schools in the Chester Upland, Chichester and Ridley school districts.

Via the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, the funding – nearly $5.5 million statewide as announced by Gov. Tom Wolf earlier this week – goes to qualifying elementary schools to promote healthy eating habits in educational environments.

“Our youth is our priority, and one way we show that is by making sure they’re eating well and learning about the benefits of healthy living,” Kirkland said. “I applaud this program for providing these elementary students from Chester-Upland, Chichester and Ridley school districts the opportunity to eat better and reap the rewards of improved nutrition.”

Funding priority was given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals, with grantees required to spend most of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables while developing a plan to establish partnerships and reduce other costs.

In Kirkland’s 159th Legislative District, the breakdown of funding across the selected elementary schools is as follows:

  • Chester Upland School of the Arts (Chester Upland S.D.): $26,162.50
  • Main Street Elementary (Chester Upland S.D.): $21,850
  • Stetser Elementary (Chester Upland S.D.): $17,077.50
  • Lindwood Elementary (Chichester S.D.): $17,940
  • Marcus Hook Elementary (Chichester S.D.): $17,192.50
  • Eddystone Elementary (Ridley S.D.): $13,052.50