Bradford announces $184K in fresh food grants to Norristown Area School District elementary schools

NORRISTOWN, July 17 – State Rep. Matt Bradford, D-Montgomery, announced this week $184,402.50 in fresh food grants has been awarded to elementary schools in Norristown Area School District.

The funds – part of statewide grants announced by Gov. Tom Wolf totaling nearly $5.5 million for elementary schools across Pennsylvania – are to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day.

The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which aims to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices. The program was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 with funding priority given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

“Keeping our children properly nourished, especially during school and learning hours, means a healthier and happier future for all of us,” said Bradford, whose 70th Legislative District covers Norristown. “These grants not only keep the youngest students in Norristown School District well nourished, but the program also allows educators to teach more about smart and healthy eating habits.”

All seven elementary schools within Norristown Area School District are receiving funds. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Cole Manor Elementary: $28,817.50
  • Gotwals Elementary: $23,345
  • Hancock Elementary: $22,080
  • Marshall Street Elementary: $37,375
  • Paul V. Fly Elementary: $28,692.50
  • Ray S. Musselman Learning Center: $15,295
  • Whitehall Elementary: $31,797.50