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Walmart Foundation Helps Fund Lunchroom Nutrition Classes in Schools

Walmart Foundation Helps Fund Lunchroom Nutrition Classes in Schools

A donation from the Walmart Foundation is helping 100 schools take part in a program called “Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools,” which will help them to teach nutrition through fun lunchroom activities.

The program, operated by Chef Ann Foundation, seeks to provide America’s students with nutrition education, something that really makes it way into the discussion on how to get children to eat healthier.

"'Grants like this really help support doing something different, and forced us to think outside the box. Project Produce gave us the opportunity to have meaningful food experiences with kids and allowed food service to become an extension to education’ reports Shelly Allen, Food Service Director from St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, Colorado,” said the Chef Ann Foundation in a statement.

" They received their Project Produce funds in 2014. To date, Project Produce has helped 41 schools purchase fresh produce for their nutrition education efforts, helping 21,399 students learn to not only eat their fruits and veggies, but to like them.”

Any school is welcome to apply for the $2,500 grants available through the program, so long as they are participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and have an idea for a project that will encourage vegetable and fruit consumption for all students in the school.

"If awarded the grant you will receive an initial installment of $1,250 and will receive the remainder of the grant reimbursed after completion of your follow up report and submission of your project documentation. Maximum length of time to complete your grant project, follow up report and documentation is 12 months,” says the Foundation’s website.

Applications are on-going with no deadline, so find out how you can apply here.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

2/24/2016

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