Flynn announces $262K in federal funding for fruits and vegetables awarded to Scranton School District elementary schools

HARRISBURG, July 15 – State Rep. Marty Flynn announced today that more than $262,000 in federal funding for fresh fruits and vegetables has been awarded to elementary schools in the Scranton School District.

“These funds will go to great use, feeding the appetites and minds of the elementary students in the Scranton School District,” said Flynn, D-Lackawanna. “We know that children learn best when they can concentrate on their lessons. Ensuring they have the nutrients they need and they’re not trying to learn while they’re hungry will help them to do their best work.”

The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which aims to create healthier environments by providing healthier food choices, and to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students consume to improve their present and future health. Funding priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

Funding for the district is broken down as follows:

  • Charles Sumner Elementary School: $15,870.
  • Frances Willard Elementary School: $24,840.
  • George Bancroft Elementary School: $12,362.50.
  • Isaac Tripp Elementary School: $40,537.50.
  • John Adams Elementary School: $17,997.50.
  • John F. Kennedy Elementary School: $23,862.50.
  • John G. Whittier Elementary School: $24,437.50.
  • McNichols Educational Plaza: $22,712.50.
  • Neil Armstrong Elementary School: $33,465.
  • Robert Morris Elementary School: $16,962.50.
  • Whittier Annex: $12,017.50.
  • William Prescott Elementary School: $17,537.50.

Across the commonwealth, the program awarded 220 elementary schools $5.5 million in funding.