Kingsbury Chosen to Participate in USDA Fruit and Veg Program

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Real Estate Agent with ERA Wilder Realty, Inc.

Recently Kingsbury Elementary School announced they had been chosen to participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  The school was chosen along with 50 other schools in SC to split $1,172,650 in grant money from the USDA along with the SC Department of Education and the SC Department of Agriculture.

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The program gives grants to selected schools to encourage healthy eating habits and to help in the fight on childhood obesity.  The fresh fruits and vegetables are passed out to the classes in the mornings as healthy snacks instead of cookies, crackers, etc.  I chuckled when I first heard the children would be given grape tomatoes, broccoli, celery, grapes, orange slices, to name a few.  To my surprise though, the children have tried many of the items and so far are giving the snacks a thumbs up.

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Kingsbury Elementary School has partnered with Walter P. Rawl & Sons, Inc. Pelion, SC, to supply the fresh vegetables and fruit.  The Rawl Brand features small bags of several different fruits and vegetables that are marketed as Sports Candy, which I found to be very fresh and tasty.

It will be interesting how brocolli and sweet potato chips go over.  My hat is off to all involved with this important and (at least to this observer) tasty program.

For more information check out the following links.
Rawl Brand:  http://www.rawl.net/ 
USDA:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/ffvp/ffvpdefault.htm

  

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