LOCAL SCHOOLS CHEW OVER GRANT FOR FRESH SNACKS
Parents at four local schools need not fear if their child gets hungry in the middle of the day. Thanks to a grant, students will receive a fresh fruit or vegetable snack during the school day.
The United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program will provide two Catawba County Schools and two Hickory Public Schools grant money to purchase fruits and vegetables to give students a snack in the upcoming school year.
“In 2012-13, we started entering applications,” Valda Robinson, Catawba County Schools’ director of child nutrition said. North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction decides which schools are entitled to an additional snack, she said.
Last year was the first year Catawba County Schools participated. Webb A. Murray Elementary was the only school to receive a portion of the grant in the county.
In 2014-15, St. Stephens Elementary will also receive fruits and vegetables.
“I’m excited,” Robinson said, when the HDR alerted her to the addition of St. Stephens. “It’s above and beyond the meal itself.”
Robinson said the snack is offered four days a week and usually the grant is awarded to schools with a high number of free and reduced lunch participants.