The Jones County School Nutrition Program was awarded an extra grant to make use of to buy contemporary fruit and veggies for youngsters all through the summer season.
Matoshia Grant, the director of this system, stated she was comfortable to obtain the grant, so kids within the Jones County neighborhood can obtain wholesome meals choices.
“The United States Department of Agriculture through the Georgia Department of Education despatched out a request for any districts in Georgia that want to apply for any further funding for summer season feeding by means of contemporary fruit and veggies,” she stated. “We jumped on it, as a result of kids love fruit.”
She stated the Jones County School Nutrition Program was awarded $25,000, which they’ve been utilizing for the Seamless Summer Program. She stated the households have cherished getting the meals, and contemporary fruit and veggies.
“The mother and father stated they’ve actually loved the contemporary stuff they’re getting. We need to do every little thing we will to assist the neighborhood. This grant has helped to place Jones County on the map. We’re sticking collectively and giving the youngsters meals that’s domestically grown,” Grant stated.
The director stated fruit and veggies are good for the youngsters’s well being. According to betterhealth.vic.gov.au, greens and fruit present necessary nutritional vitamins comparable to vitamin C and folic acid. They additionally produce other plant substances which can be thought necessary to assist cut back the chance of some cancers and coronary heart illness.
“Fruits and greens are good for the youngsters,” the director stated. “Instead of consuming M&M’s, why not seize an apple? We’re getting them to strive various things like kiwi, pomegranate, watermelon, apples, and grapefruit. Getting vitamin C and different vitamins is necessary.”
Grant stated they ae going to proceed to serve new meals all through the college 12 months, so college students don’t get tired of their meals and get an opportunity to expertise new meals. She stated the youngsters have responded very nicely to the fruit and veggies.
“The numbers are up from final 12 months for meals this summer season. Last 12 months they obtained pre-packaged meals, however now we’re doing the meals ourselves. We are giving them issues we all know they’ll eat through the summer season,” Grant stated.
She stated kids ought to proceed to get publicity to new meals as they develop. She stated the grant will final by way of June 30, however they’ve sufficient assets that may final by way of the complete summer season.
“My favourite factor about getting this grant is having the ability to use the assets to let the neighborhood know we care,” the director stated. “It’s all in regards to the neighborhood. If it’s going to profit Jones County, I’m going to leap on it.”