Eight FWCS schools to benefit from Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
Record Number: 5191
Displayed from: Jun 4 2009 12:00AM, until: Jul 4 2009 12:00AM
Eight Fort Wayne Community Schools elementary schools will participate in the federal Fresh Fruit and
Vegetable Program during the 2009-10 school year.
The program began as a pilot project authorized by Congress in 2002. The success of the pilot led to
legislation and more funding in 2004. To be selected for the program, a school must be an elementary school,
operate the National School Lunch Program, submit an application to participate and have 50 percent or more of
its students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
For the 2009-10 school year, Washington, Scott, Maplewood and Study elementary schools will continue the
program, and Abbett, Nebraska, Price and Forest Park will be added to the program.
The program provides students with a free fresh fruits and vegetables snack each day. The intent is to
teach children healthy eating habits and fight against childhood obesity. Statewide, there are 47 elementary
schools participating in 2009-2010.