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Since September, students in twenty-five schools across the state have been enjoying Washington-grown fruit and vegetable snacks as a result of the Local Farms - Healthy Kids Act passed by the Washington state legislature last spring.
The legislation created the Washington Grown Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grants program "to facilitate consumption of Washington grown nutritious snacks in order to improve student health and expand the market for locally grown fresh produce.” Through the program, one or two-year grants are awarded to a mix of urban and rural schools using a competitive process. The selection criteria encourage applicants to incorporate nutrition, agricultural stewardship, and environmental education into the snack program. Priority is also given to schools with students in kindergarten through eighth grade that have fifty percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced price meals under the federal school lunch program.
Read more about the new snack program in Washington's schools:
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Washington State Department of Agriculture are partnering to implement the grants program.
OSPI is developing and tracking outcome measures of the grant program such as the number of students served by the program, the dollar value of purchases of Washington grown fruits and vegetables resulting from the program, and development of state, local, and private partnerships that extend beyond the cafeteria.
Featured: Winter 2009