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Healthier food options coming to six New Hanover elementary schools

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Healthier foods are coming to six New Hanover elementary schools this fall. They have been selected to participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

It's part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, which grants each school $51 per child for fruits and veggies for the school year.

Alderman, Mary C. Williams, Rachel Freeman, Snipes Academy, Sunset Park and Winter Park will take part in the program because of the number of students they have in the free and reduced price lunch plan.

"I do give the opportunity to schools that are 50 percent or over to apply for this grant, so I am hoping that with the enthusiasm of these six schools and with the two this year that more will want to apply for this grant," New Hanover Co. Schools Child Nutrition Director Imer Smith said.

The foods offered to students include zucchini, melons, cantaloupes and kiwis. Forty percent of the fruits and veggies that are going to be used in New Hanover Schools are produced by North Carolina farmers.

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Here's an idea for all the

Here's an idea for all the parents that are upset because fat little Johnny was not included in the healthier school menu. Pack his lunch like my Mom did when I was in school. Only one school in the area even had a cafeteria. It is the parents' responsibility to feed their own kids if they don't like what they get in school. I suppose most of the boo-hooers let their kids sit in front of the tv when they get home eating Wal Mart cookies and Pepsi Cola. Yesterday, I was on Business 17 North in Bolivia. School was letting out and a bus turned South from the school driveway and didn't travel half a block before stopping to let kids off. Why couldn't they walk a little and burn off some of those high-caloric school foods?

healthier foods in schools

Let's not discriminate! ALL schools should serve healthy meals to all students!!!!!!!!!!!

Vegetable Program

This sounds like a great program. I cannot understand why all the schools did not apply for this. Maybe I missed the reason they did not.

Go back and re-read the article

a school had to have more than 50% of its students on the entitlement, sorry, the free, sorry paid for by taxpayers, meal program. Apparently those schools which have more than 50% of the students' parents carrying the tarriff, did not qualify for the program.

If you pay taxes, great way for them to be expended.