Matzie: Nearly $74,000 in grants will bring fresh fruits and vegetables to Beaver County school menu

HARRISBURG, July 16 – Beaver County Elementary School students will enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to $73,946 in grants, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver, announced today.

The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

“Studies have shown time and again that proper nutrition plays a huge role in kids’ memory function and academic performance,” Matzie said. “We need to be doing everything we can to ensure that our kids have the resources they need to succeed, and that includes healthy menu choices. I’m delighted that we were successful in helping to secure this funding to make that happen.”

The grants are follows:

  • Aliquippa School District: Aliquippa Elementary School, $34,903.
  • Ambridge Area School District: Highland Elementary School, $20,298.
  • Rochester Area School District: Rochester Elementary School, $18,745.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more in order to qualify for the grants. The program’s goal is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables in schools by increasing consumption among students with the hope of positively impacting their present and future health.

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