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For Immediate Release: May 5, 2010
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Child and Adult Nutrition Services awards grants to schools

Grants of more than $1.2 million to school districts and other agencies across the state have been awarded by the South Dakota Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides funds to elementary schools for the purchase of fruits and vegetables. The snacks must be served to students at times other than schools’ breakfast or lunch meals. Schools with at least half of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals receive funding priority.

Eighty elementary schools in 51 districts will get the grants for the 2010-2011 school year; 35 sites will receive the special funding for the first time. More than 18,000 students will receive fresh fruits and vegetable snacks through the program.

The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and schools apply through a competitive grant process that is administered by the state Child and Adult Nutrition Services office.

Through another USDA-funded grant, six rural school systems in South Dakota will share $58,252 in one-time money for the purchase of new food-service equipment. Andes Central School District, Crow Creek Tribal School, Faith School District, Little Wound School System, McIntosh School District and Shannon County School District will use the funds to upgrade their kitchen facilities.

“The two grant programs will provide students with more opportunities to eat healthy foods during the school day,” said Janelle Peterson, who oversees both grants for Child and Adult Nutrition Services. “We are pleased to be able to secure these funds for some schools with the highest needs.”

For a complete list of schools receiving FFVP funds during 2010-2011, visit