Davis: More than $200,000 awarded in fresh food grants to five school districts in 35th Legislative District

HARRISBURG, July 15 – A combined total of $204,642 in fresh food grants was awarded on Monday to five school districts in the 35th Legislative District, announced state Rep. Austin Davis, 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 help create healthy 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.

“The health of our youth is paramount,” Davis said. “This funding is going to make a huge difference in the respective school districts that were awarded funding today, and I’m encouraged to see school districts across the Mon Valley taking the initiative to provide students with healthier food options so that they can succeed inside and outside of the classroom.”

The following school districts were awarded funding:

  • Clairton City School District: Clairton Elementary School, $24,092
  • Duquesne City School District: Duquesne Elementary School, $22,252
  • McKeesport Area School District: Francis McClure Elementary School, $38,525; Twin Rivers Elementary School, $45,022
  • South Allegheny School District: South Allegheny Elementary School, $32,142
  • West Mifflin School District: Clara Barton Elementary School, $13,282; Homeville Elementary School, $19,377; New Emerson Elementary School, $9,947

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, which total almost $5 million.