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.