The Mission CISD Child Nutrition Program is excited to announce that they will begin the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) at the following sites: Alton Elementary, Cantu Elementary, Waitz Elementary, Castro Elementary, Leal Elementary, and Pearson Elementary.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is an initiative that provides fresh fruits and vegetables for students during the school day. The program was developed through a grant funded by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with an objective to introduce new and different fresh fruits and vegetables to children.
Campuses had to follow specific criteria in order to qualify for the grant. The campuses had to operate under the National School Lunch Program, submit an application, and meet the requirements in order to be eligible for the FFVP. Selected elementary schools will receive $50 to $75 per student each school year in order to implement this initiative.
“We are excited to have some of our schools selected for this new initiative spearheaded by the USDA. It provides our students several opportunities throughout the week to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables,” states Rosie Woodrum, Child Nutrition Director. “Each campus will determine their own selected dates and times for their healthy snack distribution and they will be announced at a later date.”
For more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program contact the Mission CISD Child Nutrition Program at (956) 323-3800.