Juneau Announces Grants to Put Fresh Fruits, Vegetables in Montana Students' Hands for Snack Time

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Jessica Rhoades
Jrhoades@mt.gov
406-444-3160

HELENA, MT -- Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau announced today that Montana schools will be receiving nearly $800,000 in grants to promote nutrition by offering fresh fruits and vegetables to students.

"This is another example of the innovative practices and partnerships we're building to support health and nutrition education and to improve kids' success in school," said Juneau.

Juneau said that the goal of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, and increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption.

"We can teach children about a wide variety of fruits and vegetables they might enjoy," Juneau said. "The hope is that children will continue to make fruits and vegetables a part of their eating habits."

Seventy Montana schools will receive grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which are targeted toward schools with a high percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced lunches. The grants are specifically designed to provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks, create jobs to help prepare the fruits and vegetables, or help schools purchase equipment to store the fresh produce.

A list of the schools that received grants is available here: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/schoolfood/ffvp/2010FFVPAlloc_School.pdf

More information about the program is available here: http://www.opi.mt.gov/pdf/schoolfood/ffvp/FFVPHandbook.pdf

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Montana Office of Public Instruction
Denise Juneau, Superintendent

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