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Panther Post: Century Elementary receives fresh fruit snack grant

From left, Kylie Kuhlman, Kaelei Olson and Avery Wolff sample clementines. (Submitted photo)

Century Elementary School has received a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant though the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide fresh fruit or vegetable snacks to students.

The goal of the program is to:

n Create a healthier school environment by providing healthier food choices.

n Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience.

n Increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption.

n Make a difference in children's diets to impact their present and future health.

Fruits and vegetables are chosen to include some of the students' favorites, and also to introduce new items that they may never have tried before. The FFVP provides schools the opportunity to purchase exotic fruits or vegetables that are not usually available locally or that are not domestically grown. The program shows children that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy and tasty alternatives to snacks high in fat, sugar or salt.

Currently, the snacks are served three days a week in the classroom, giving teachers the opportunity to incorporate nutrition education into their curriculum. Recent snack offerings have included clementines, snap peas, asparagus and cantaloupe.