Krueger applauds $42,000 in funding to provide fresh produce for students

HARRISBURG, Sept. 2 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger, D-Delaware, announced today that two elementary schools in the 161st Legislative District were awarded grants to provide healthy snacks to children.

The following schools will receive funding through the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program:

  • $21,980 for Main Street Elementary School in Chester-Upland School District.
  • $20,020 for Woodlyn Elementary School in Ridley School District.

“I am pleased to see this funding allocated for two of our local elementary schools,” said Krueger. “Studies show better nutrition leads to better test scores. This grant will help keep students engaged and focused in the classroom.”

Schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals were given funding priority. Schools must use the funding to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs.

The goal of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education.

Anyone with questions can contact Krueger’s office at (610) 534-6880.