Hill-Evans announces $242.2K in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants for York City School District, Logos Academy

YORK, Aug. 6 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that the York City School District along with Logos Academy will receive nearly a quarter million dollars in U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grants.

“Expanding on the availability of fresh, healthy food for our students will provide the nourishment they need to prosper both physically and academically,” Hill-Evans said. “This program will also provide the opportunity to establish healthy eating habits early in these students’ lives.”

The York City School District schools to receive the funding are Davis School, Devers School, Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy, Ferguson School, Goode School, Hannah Penn Middle School, Jackson School, and the McKinley 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.