Applications Available for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in Elementary Schools

The CDC says the high risk of diabetes and obesity U.S. children face can be mitigated by more availability of fresh, local produce like these local fruits and vegetables (Gerard Sperry photo)
The Department of Education’s Office of Special Nutrition is supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary schools that apply. (Gerard Sperry photo)

The Department of Education’s State Office of Special Nutrition Programs has announced the availability of the SY 2018-2019 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The program provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing them as healthy snack options.

All public elementary schools in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts are encouraged to apply. Applications can be picked up or emailed beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Special Nutrition Programs Office on St. Thomas, at the bottom of Polyberg Hill in the former J. Antonio Jarvis Annex School. on St. Croix the applications can be picked up or emailed to the Department of Education, Main Complex, 2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted.

The deadline for applying is 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 20.

For more information, contact Joeleen Carty at 774-0100, ext. 2812, or on St. Thomas or Clint Codrington at on St. Croix.