Eight Metro Nashville schools have landed federal grants to give kids free fresh fruits and vegetables.
The food purchased through the grants will be fresh — not canned or frozen — and provided throughout the school day.
Schools with the greatest percentage economically disadvantaged students were given the highest level of consideration.
Grant funding levels range from $3,206 to $40,030.
Funds were secured through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and were awarded based on factors including staff commitment, efficient use of resources and innovative promotional efforts.
“It’s important that we start teaching our students healthy habits that can stay with them as they grow into adults,” said Tim Webb, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, in a statement. “We are excited that so many schools chose to participate this year and offer nutritious items to their students.”
The Metro schools and their grant amounts:
Hattie Cotton Elementary $27,154
Glenview Elementary $31,313
Haywood Elementary $33,417
Hermitage Elementary $12,174
KIPP Academy $7,315
Murrell School $3,206
Shwab Elementary $15,130
Una Elementary $40,030