PERRY Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Thanks to grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture school districts, like Perry County, will soon benefit from fresh produce.
The child nutrition director for Perry County is promoting healthy eating in hopes of getting elementary school students excited about their veggies.
Nutrition Director Linda Campbell said you have heard it before.
"Kids won't eat fruits and vegetables, but that's not true they will," Campbell said. "You talk to some of our kids here. They love the program."
Campbell is referring to the USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
Seven of the 10 schools in Perry County are participating, including the Buckhorn School.
"Forget the soda, forget the candy bars," said Campbell. "We're going to have fresh fruits and vegetables as our snacks."
Only schools with elementary students are eligible for the grant, which begins in July and runs through June.
Officials say more than 100 schools are receiving funding, benefiting more than 50,000 children.
Many could soon see fruit bars, like the one at Buckhorn, in their hallways.
School officials said it costs $300 per week to fill up their fruit cart.
Students are able to come by, grab an apple and go to class.
The Buckhorn School Principal Ronn Turner said his students perform better after eating a healthy meal.
"Well my son is a fifth grader and fills his pockets with fruit basically everyday," Turner said. "He's the apple eater so he's always looking for that stuff on there."
The program is at no cost to students and Campbell said she encourages all schools to apply for the grant.
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