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For Immediate Release: April 2, 2008
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228
More kids to get fresh fruits, vegetables during school day
South Dakota will add 25 sites to its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2008-09 school year. The program currently serves about 4,000 students in 10 schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation. With the additional 25 sites, the number of students served will reach nearly 10,000 at locations statewide.
Participating agencies receive funds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to their students throughout the school day. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the South Dakota Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services.
“We’re very excited for the agencies chosen to participate. Their applications reflect a sincere commitment to helping students develop healthy eating habits for a lifetime,” said Sandra Kangas, who oversees the Child and Adult Nutrition Services program in South Dakota.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program aims to increase student consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, introduce students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, and encourage students to make healthier choices in their diets. According to federal guidelines, priority is given to agencies with 50 percent or more students receiving free or reduced-price meals and those with a non-federal partnership in place.
The additional sites for 2008-09 include:
Bennett County School District – Martin Grade School
Children’s Care Hospital and School, Sioux Falls
Enemy Swim Day School, Waubay
Eureka School District
Flandreau Indian School
Frederick Area School District
Gayville-Volin School District
Hyde School District – Highmore Elementary
Kadoka Area School District – Interior
Kadoka Area School District – Kadoka
Kadoka Area School District – Midland
Pierre School District – McKinley Elementary
Rapid City School District – Canyon Lake Elementary
Rapid City School District – General Beadle Elementary
Rapid City School District – Knollwood Elementary
Sioux Falls Children’s Home – Loving School
Sisseton School District – Middle School
Sisseton School District – Westside Elementary
Spearfish School District – Middle School
Spearfish School District – West Elementary
Summit School District – Summit Elementary
Volunteers of America-Dakotas – Group Care
Wagner School District
Wall School District
White Lake School District – White Lake Elementary
The federal government recently gave all states access to the program. Previously, South Dakota had access only through a limited number of tribal schools.