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WCSD Students To Receive Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Under Federal Grant Program

June 11, 2012

For Immediate Release 
Victoria Campbell 

Calli Fisher

WCSD Students To Receive Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Under Federal Grant Program
Reno, NV (June 11, 2012) - Thousands of Washoe County students will receive fresh fruits and vegetables during the coming school year as part of a program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) will be established at 34 WCSD elementary schools beginning later this summer.
"Our students benefit from the experience of eating nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables and, at the same time, learn about the foods they are eating," said WCSD Chief Strategies Officer Kristen McNeill. "It's a wonderful partnership with our District, ARAMARK Education, and University of Nevada Cooperative Extension."
"We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students," said Tony Cook, director of nutrition services for WCSD. "We hope this will help students establish healthy routines that will last a lifetime."
Under the grant program, students will receive fresh produce as many times as possible during the school week, separately from their breakfasts and lunches. Only fresh fruits and vegetables-not frozen, canned, or dried-will be offered in an effort to encourage students to explore and adopt healthier eating habits. Washoe County School District has the highest number of participating schools in the state.
FFVP was instituted as part of the Farm Bill on July 1, 2008, which also amended the National School Lunch Act. The total amount of the grant awarded to WCSD is approximately $967,000.
The following elementary schools will participate in the program during the 2012-2013 school year: Allen, Anderson, Bailey Charter School, Bennett, Booth, Cannan, Corbett, Desert Heights, Dodson, Donner Springs, Drake, Duncan, Dunn, Echo Loder, Elmcrest, Greenbrae, Lemmon Valley, Lincoln Park, Mathews, Mariposa Academy, Maxwell, Mitchell, Mount Rose, Natchez, Palmer, Risley, Sierra Vista, Alice Smith, Kate Smith, Smithridge, Stead, Sun Valley, Veterans Memorial, and Warner.
About Washoe County School District: The Washoe County School District includes the Reno/Sparks metropolitan area, Incline Village, Gerlach, Empire and Wadsworth, Nevada. The District provides each of its 63,000 students with a superior education in a safe and challenging environment and is committed to graduate every child career and college ready. For more information visit: www.washoecountyschools.org. Follow us on Twitter at WCSDTweet.
Washoe County School District
425 East Ninth Street
Reno, NV 89512

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