USDA Fresh Fruit And Vegetable Program Under Way In Whitfield County Schools

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Beginning this month, students at six Whitfield County elementary schools will benefit from healthier snacks thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

The program allows opportunities for students to enjoy a nutritious snack during the school day to help them stay focused on learning.

"It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options," said Whitfield County Schools Nutrition Director Angie Brown said in a recent letter to parents.

Brown explained that a fresh fruit or vegetable will be offered to children in their classroom three times a week. September menu items include:

Week Menu Items
Week of Sept. 3 Cantaloupe, Apples, Grape Tomatoes w/lite ranch dip
Week of Sept. 9 Watermelon, Grapes, Mango
Week of Sept. 16 Jicama, Celery w/lite ranch dip, Pineapple
Week of Sept. 23 Apples, Watermelon, Oranges

Nancy Rice, director of the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program, announced the program in a letter earlier this year to Whitfield County Schools Superintendent Judy Gilreath.

"On behalf of the Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Program, I am pleased to inform you that your schools below have been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for School Year 2013-2014," Ms. Rice said in the letter.

At least half of the students in school must participate in the free and reduced-price meals to be eligible. According to the USDA, applying schools with the highest percentage are considered first for the program and will include:

  • Antioch Elementary
  • Cedar Ridge Elementary
  • Dawnville Elementary
  • Eastside Elementary
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary
  • Valley Point Elementary

The schools will get an initial round of startup funding for July through September of approximately $4,500 to launch the program, followed by a $25,000 boost in October to push through June 2014. Total funding for the district will be nearly $162,000. The goals of the program are:

  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
  • Increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Make a difference in children's diet to impact their present and future health

Last year 150 elementary schools across Georgia were provided more than $4.1 million to support the Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program. Learn more at www.fns.usda.gov/ffvp.


Save The Youth Tour Back-to-School Bash Scheduled In The Menlo Park Community On Aug. 12

There will be a Save the Youth Tour Back-to-School Bash in the Menlo Park Community in the Brainerd area on Saturday, Aug. 12,  from 11 a.m. – 1p.m., at  400 Tunnel Blvd. and everyone is invited to attend. Organizers said, "Education is important. Having the right supplies contributes to the start of a strong foundation for a good academic year. This ... (click for more)

Lee To Welcome Thousands To Campus For Teen Talent

Lee University will host the 2017 Church of God Teen Talent, an international competition which aims to help young people ages 13-19 discover their talents, develop that talent, and dedicate it to better serve the Lord, on July 31-Aug. 4.  Over 5,000 individuals will compete in 43 categories over the course of five days, featuring competition in music, art, drama, multimedia, ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Council Votes 4-2 To Pass A 46-Cent Property Tax Increase

The Cleveland City Council, with scant public notice, voted 4-2 on first reading on Monday afternoon to approve one of the largest property tax increases in the city's history. Richard Banks, Bill Estes, Tom Cassada and Vice Mayor Avery Johnson voted for a 46-cent property tax boost. Opposed were Charlie McKenzie and David May. Dale Hughes and Mayor Tom Rowland were absent ... (click for more)

Police Find Large Cache Of Meth, $23,134 Cash On Hensley At Motel Near Hamilton Place; Police Say He Was Supplier To Rossville Man Who Died In June 29 Overdose

Chattanooga Police said they found Michael Wade Hensley with a large cache of meth, a loaded handgun and $23,134 cash after being summoned to a motel near Hamilton Place Mall last Wednesday. Police said they believe that Hensley, 41, was the supplier for a 36-year-old Rossville man who died of an overdose on June 29. Hensley is now facing federal charges of possession of meth ... (click for more)

Do Something To Protect Our Children

It is unconscionable in this day and age that these children had to exist in such deplorable conditions and that an innocent baby suffered and died alone in a locked car.  Yes, there is blame and accountability considering this family had child neglect charges filed a few years ago (that were apparently dropped and expunged) and a large part of the responsibility should ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chik-fil-A Commits To East Ridge And Camp Jordan Development

In less than three weeks after a plan that could enhance Camp Jordan in East Ridge was announced, it has been learned that a Chik-fil-A restaurant will break ground at Jordan Crossing this fall. While developers John Healy, Matt Woods and Ethan Woods cannot make a public comment, the news is every bit as profound as James Earl Jones saying, “If you build it, they will come,” in ... (click for more)