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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Awarded

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The Menifee County School District is pleased to announce, Botts Elementary School and Menifee Elementary School have been selected to receive additional funding through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant for 2016-2017.

Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program has been made available for the 2016-2017 school year through Section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act.  The purpose of the program is to increase elementary school children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, to expose elementary school students to new fruits and vegetables, to improve healthy eating habits and, to help elementary schools create healthier school food environments.

Botts Elementary School (K-5)

$11, 250.00 will be awarded for the grant period of 09/01/2016 through 06/30/2016.  The grant will be awarded in two parts throughout the period.  The program start date will be:  09/07/2016.

Menifee Elementary School (K-8)

$26,300.00 will be awarded for the grant period of 09/01/2016 through 06/30/2016.  The grant will be awarded in two parts throughout the period.  The program start date will be:  09/07/2016.

The schools have been selected by the State agency, based on guidance and oversight by USDA.  Section 19(d) of the National School Lunch Act states the selection criteria for schools to participate in this program:

  • To the maximum extent possible, highest priority will be given to schools with the HIGHEST proportion of children who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.
  • Schools must be elementary schools, or have the ability to separate out elementary school students in a K-12 program.
  • Schools must operate the National School Lunch Program.
  • Schools must have 50% or more of its students eligible for free/reduced price meals.

FFVP can be an important catalyst for change in our efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

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