Schweyer: 5 local schools awarded grants for fresh fruits and veggies

HARRISBURG, July 15 –State Rep. Peter G. Schweyer, D-Lehigh, announced today five Allentown elementary schools have been awarded a total of $140,760 in fresh food grant money.

The funding is part of statewide grants announced by Gov. Tom Wolf totaling nearly $5.5 million for elementary schools across Pennsylvania to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day.

“Healthy eating benefits students in many ways. Their overall health improves, and they will be more prepared to learn in the classroom and succeed in school. This is a great way to increase healthier food options for our young students,” Schweyer said. 

The five elementary schools receiving funds are:

  • Cleveland Elementary: $24,782.50
  • Hiram W. Dodd Elementary: $46,230
  • Lehigh Parkway Elementary: $23,172.50
  • Executive Education Academy Charter School: $41,687.50
  • Cai Learning Academy Inc.: $4,887.50

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program began in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now in every state. Schools must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more in order to qualify for the grants.