ELIZABETHTOWN — With the recent announcement that four schools in Bladen County have received the U.S. Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable grant program, fruit and veggie characters made several stops in Bladen visiting students.
East Arcadia SChool, Booker T. Washington Primary, Elizabethtown Primary and Plain View Primary will be a part of the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program in the 2014-15 school year.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools during the school day.
The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices; expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.