Grant Brings Fresh Fruit To Schools

More than 150 Tennessee schools will get fresh fruit and vegetables for their students through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A total of $3.15 million was provided to give students healthy options at low income elementary schools, the state education department said Thursday. The fruits and vegetables are only provided in fresh, unprocessed forms – not canned, frozen, vacuum-packed or mixed with candy.

Each student at the 156 schools selected for the grant will get between $50 and $75 worth of fruits and vegetables over the school year.

School Nutrition Director Sarah White said in a news release that the earlier schools can teach children about healthy eating, the better chance they will live a healthy lifestyle.