DeLuca: More than $87,000 in fresh food grants awarded to school district, charter school in 32nd Legislative District

HARRISBURG, July 15 – A school district and a charter school in the 32nd Legislative District on Monday were awarded a combined $87,342 in fresh food grants, announced state Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny.

The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health.

“Providing healthy food options for our students is crucial when it comes to their success in the classroom and overall health, especially during the early stages of life,” DeLuca said. “This funding will ensure students have healthy food options and also push the importance of incorporating fruits and vegetables into their daily diets at a young age.”

The Penn Hills School District’s Penn Hills Elementary School was awarded $69,402 in funding. Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship was allotted $17,940 in grant money.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program first started in the commonwealth in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50% or more in order to qualify for the grants.

Nearly 200 elementary schools across Pennsylvania were selected to receive the grants that total almost $5 million.