Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mangos and rutabagas and yams. . .oh, my!

The Manchester School District participates in the grant funded USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program at 12 elementary schools. Part of the requirements for participation in this program is that students are exposed to different fruit and vegetables as snacks to help students develop lifelong healthy eating habits. 

The snacks are offered free of charge to students in schools with 50% or more of students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Some of the fruits and vegetables offered are melon, sugar snap peas, rutabaga, zucchini slices, oranges, mango, grape tomatoes and yellow beans. They are not necessarily intended to replace a child’s snack on a given day. 

The schools that participate in the program will be posting the monthly snack menu, which includes some nutrition information about the featured items, on their web sites. Please note that the menu might change occasionally due to product condition or availability. Parents are encouraged to review the menu and plan to send their children to school with an alternative snack if they wish. 

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