Corman: Lewistown Elementary to Receive $30,525 Federal Grant to Provide Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

(HARRISBURG) – Lewistown Elementary School will receive $30,525 as part of a federal grant program to ensure students have fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, state Senator Jake Corman (R-34) announced today.

“A balanced, nutritious diet is one of the building blocks of learning,” Senator Corman said. “Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important – but expensive – part of that. This program offsets the costs to the school district and includes nutrition education so students take the healthy eating habits home.

The school is one of 200 elementary schools around the state to receive a grant. Pennsylvania was awarded a total of $5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Schools that qualify for the grant have more than 50 percent of the students qualify for free and reduced meals.

“Providing healthy food choices fosters a healthier school environment,” Senator Corman said. “Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables impacts the student’s health both now and in the future.”

Contact: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377