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For Immediate Release: Aug. 9, 2011
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

24 schools added to Fresh Fruit, Vegetable Program this year

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, or FFVP, will expand to include an additional 24 South Dakota schools for the 2011-12 school year. That means a total of 101 schools will participate in the program this year, giving more than 23,000 elementary students the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day.

“These schools are taking positive steps to help students develop life-long healthy eating habits,” said Sandra Kangas, director of the South Dakota Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “The children have an opportunity for a healthy snack and oftentimes also learn about where fruits and vegetables come from, how they are grown, and what nutrients are in them.”

The FFVP is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services and South Dakota’s Department of Education – Child and Adult Nutrition Services.

Schools that participate in FFVP receive funds to provide free fresh fruit and vegetables to elementary students throughout the school day. The snack must be served outside of the breakfast or lunch meal. Elementary schools that have a high percentage of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals receive priority for the funding.