Longietti: Sharon schools awarded nearly $75,000 to expand access to fresh produce

HERMITAGE, Sept. 1 – Sharon grade-schoolers will benefit from healthier school snacks, thanks to grant funding that will bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to area schools, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti, who is Democratic chairman of the House Education Committee, said the funding awarded under the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program includes $35,700 to Case Avenue Elementary School, $21,140 to Musser Elementary School, and $17,780 to West Hill Elementary School.

Educators will tell you that adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to school menus brings students multiple benefits, including better concentration and memory, higher test scores, and fewer illnesses, among other plusses,” Longietti said. “This funding is a great investment to help kids achieve more during the school day.”

Funding priority was given to the schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

More information about the grants is available here, and a full list of the schools receiving funding is available here.