Idaho schools get money for healthy fruits and veggies

Posted at 6:16 AM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 08:16:28-04

IDAHO — It is not always easy for elementary school kids to get all the nutrients they need, especially if their parents do not have the financial means. But starting in September, students in 124 schools across Idaho will be able to receive fresh fruits and vegetables while they are at school.

This is thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Experts say it's a good way to introduce kids to healthy snack options.

"The fresh fruit and vegetable program is a very unique opportunity to allow kids to experience fruits and vegetables that they don't otherwise receive in their breakfast and lunch program," said Jennifer Butler, National School Lunch Coordinator.

The kids will get the healthy snacks at least twice a week while they are in school. In the Treasure Valley, 14 schools in the Boise School District, 11 in the Nampa District and eight in Caldwell will be among those receiving the grants.