Kirkland announces $102.2K in Fruit and Fresh Vegetable Grants for Chester-Upland and Chichester school districts

CHESTER, Aug. 4 – State Rep. Brian Kirkland announced that the Chester-Upland School District will receive $65,715 and the Chichester School District $36,530 in U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants.

“Our students should be eating fresh, healthy food regularly to help their own physical and academic growth, but fresh fruits and vegetables are often not easily available in schools,” Kirkland said. “This program will help correct imbalance and give children the chance to try foods they might not have ordinarily had the chance to try and the opportunity to develop healthy eating habits.”

The Chester-Upland School District schools to receive the funding are Chester Upland School of the Arts, Main Street School and Stetser Elementary School. The Chichester School District schools to receive the funding are Linwood Elementary School and Marcus Hook Elementary School.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. The FFVP was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now available in all 50 states.

Priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Grantees must spend most of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables and develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials.

Learn more about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants here.