Sainato: New Castle elementary schools awarded more than $100,000 to boost access to fresh fruits and vegetables

NEW CASTLE, Aug. 4 – Grant funding of $101,010 will expand access to fresh fruits and vegetables for New Castle grade-schoolers, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today. 

Sainato said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes two separate grants to New Castle Area School District elementary schools.

“In a world where junk food is everywhere, we need to make sure kids have easy access to nutritious alternatives like fruits and vegetables, which can help them stay healthy and fight off sickness,” Sainato said. “That’s more important than ever as kids return to the classroom this year.”

Sainato 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.