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PHILADELPHIA – July 15, 2019 – Sen. Larry Farnese (D- Philadelphia) announced today the award of almost $100, 000 in federal grants to local elementary schools to fund healthy, fresh food programs for students.

“Providing nutritious meals to students allows them to be prepared and focused on their school work,” said Farnese. “Making sure our children are prepared in the classroom prepares them for successful future.”

Funding priority is given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.  Grantees are required to spend a majority of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetable and must 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.

Local schools receiving funds include:

  • Freire Charter Middle School – $13,512.50
  • St. Malachy School – $15,122.50
  • Young Scholars Charter School – $5,922.50
  • People for People Charter School – $20,125.00
  • Adaire Alexander School – $21,677.50
  • Bregy F. Amedee School – $14,145.00

Total awards given total $90,505.00 in the district.

The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).  The 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.  FFVP was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and expanded to all 50 states in 2008.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables provide vital nutrients to growing children,” said Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “These grants are another way to help address food security in our schools while also providing an opportunity to teach students how to make smart and nutritious choices.”