Students at Newport Primary and Newport Intermediate faculties will probably be receiving recent vegetables and fruits all through the varsity year.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a grant-funded and controlled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), supplies all youngsters in collaborating colleges with a wide range of free recent vegetables and fruits all through the varsity day.
“This system gives quite a few advantages to our college students,” stated Newport Impartial Schools Food Service Director Lisa Rizzo. “It exposes them to all kinds of produce they won’t have tasted in any other case. Recent produce could be costly, and entry is proscribed to a lot of our students and families. Two to 3 instances every week, this system will present a nutritious snack and a greater various to an excessive sugar choice they may select on their very own.”
“We would like them to be taught the idea of Farm to Table and expertise the freshness of native meals,” Rizzo stated. “In the end, we hope to extend their acceptance of extra recent produce, particularly greens, and encourage lifelong wholesome consuming habits.
The distribution of recent vegetables and fruit takes place within the classroom.
“Meals service employees and lecturers will work collectively to encourage wholesome consuming by offering samples and incorporating diet schooling. Students will find out about totally different vitamins and the way they can assist the physique. Our academics are function fashions and nice motivators. With reinforcement from them, we hope to vary and enhance our scholar’s consuming habits.”
The Newport Independent School District is a participant within the Community Eligibility Provision, which qualifies all students to obtain free breakfast and lunch every day.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is one in all five federal feeding applications administered by the district. The opposite four embrace National School Breakfast, National School Lunch, Child, and Adult Care Feeding Program and the Summer Food Service Program.