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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06

NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: AUGUST 31, 2005

USDA AWARDS $1 MILLION TO THE N.C. DEPT. OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION; PROGRAM TO PROMOTE FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CONSUMPTION IN SCHOOLS

More North Carolina public schools will benefit from the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a program targeted at increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

North Carolina is one of three states chosen by the USDA to participate in the program. Grant monies will be distributed among 25 new elementary schools to purchase and serve more fresh fruits and vegetables to students. Schools are providing fruit baskets inside the classroom, kiosks in the hallways and other innovative approaches to give students the opportunity to grab a fresh fruit or vegetable snack throughout the school day.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said this program plays an important role in the state's continuing efforts to build on superior schools. "It's important for students to learn healthy eating habits at a young age. This program will help with these efforts and ensure that our earliest learners master one of the skills that will benefit them for a lifetime," Atkinson said.

Schools participating in the program also will make nutrition education a priority so students will learn the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet. This program creates an optimum environment for students to develop healthful snack habits because it uses all of their senses – sound, sight, touch, smell and, most important, taste.

The NCDPI's Child Nutrition Services Section is partnering with the NC Department of Agriculture and the NC Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Public Health, to implement the program in the following elementary schools this year:

  • Tyrrell Elementary, Tyrell County Schools;
  • D.F. Walker Elementary, Edenton-Chowan Schools;
  • Edwin Alderman Elementary, New Hanover County Schools;
  • Tarawa Terrace II Elementary, Camp Lejeune Dependent Schools;
  • L.C. Kerr Elementary, Clinton City Schools;
  • Supply Elementary, Brunswick County Schools;
  • School Street Elementary, Wayne County Schools;
  • Louisburg Elementary, Franklin County Schools;
  • Long Branch Elementary, Robeson County Schools;
  • Candor Elementary, Montgomery County Schools;
  • Booker T. Washington Elementary, Bladen County Schools;
  • Whiteville Primary, Whiteville City Schools;
  • Fairview Elementary, Guilford County Schools;
  • Charles W. McCrary Elementary, Asheboro City Schools;
  • East Albemarle Elementary, Stanly County Schools;
  • North Rowan Elementary, Rowan-Salisbury Schools;
  • Elizabeth Hanford-Dole Elementary, Rowan-Salisbury Schools;
  • Mountain View Elementary, Ashe County Schools;
  • Sparta Elementary, Alleghany County Schools;
  • Freedom Trail Elementary, Avery County;
  • Newland Elementary, Avery County Schools;
  • Hall Fletcher Elementary, Asheville City Schools;
  • East Elementary, Swain County Schools;
  • Bruce Drysdale Elementary, Henderson County; and
  • Cherokee Elementary, Cherokee Elementary Schools.

For more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, please contact the NCDPI's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.