Longietti: Sharon schools awarded more than $65,000 to expand access to fresh fruits, vegetables

HERMITAGE, Aug. 4 – Grant funding of $65,585 will help ensure more Sharon students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program consists of three separate grants to elementary schools in the Sharon City School District.

“Kids need fresh, nutrient-rich foods to thrive and learn,” Longietti said. “This year, expanding access to fresh fruits and vegetables is especially important because these healthier snacks can boost immunity in a setting where germs and close contact are inevitable. The funding is great news for Sharon’s grade-schoolers and their families.”

Longietti said the grants are part of a package of more than $7 million awarded to 288 elementary schools statewide under the FFVP. Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

More information about the grants is available here, and a full list of the schools receiving funding is available here.