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Wolf Point Accepted For Fruit, Vegetable Program

A new fresh fruit and vegetable program is beginning in December for kindergarten through sixth grade students at the Wolf Point School District.

The Montana Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Programs has approved the Wolf Point School District for participation in the USDA’s fresh fruit and vegetable program. The Farm Bill allows this new program to be available in more than 180 schools throughout Montana. This program introduces students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and to positively influence children’s lifelong eating habits.

The USDA program provides funding for the Southside and Northside Elementary Schools to offer fresh fruits and vegetable snacks to students at least twice a week, free of charge to families. Through the FFVP, children can enjoy a tasty and fresh snack that can boost their energy and brain power to support better learning.

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be offered in classrooms as healthy snacks, as part of learning activities, in “fruit and/or veggie stands” in the hallways and in other creative ways such as food fairs.

Teachers, food service staff, other school staff and parents are encouraged to reinforce healthy eating by role modeling and providing nutrition education. Schools are creating healthier school environments by offering opportunities for nutrition education.

For more information on this program, contact Elizabeth Solberg, school nutrition program director, at 406-653-5540 or by e-mail at [email protected] mt.us.

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