$233,000 for fresh fruits, veggies in Floyd schools; ARH gives free backpacks

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Floyd County Schools has received a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant for $233,340 for the 2021-2022 school year.

In addition, Appalachian Regional Healthcare is donating backpacks for students in Floyd County Schools in Head Start and pre-school through fourth grade. Floyd County Schools will continue providing backpacks for students in grades 5-12.

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The district also will provide all consumable school supplies this year for all students,”

“We are happy that our families will not have to be concerned with backpacks, school
supplies or devices for their children this upcoming school year,” said Interim Floyd County Schools Superintendent Anna Shepherd.

Meanwhile, the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day, according to Shepherd.

The program is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

The FFVP wants to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, to expand the variety of and increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables children experience, and to make a lasting difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

Selection is based on applications from elementary schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and that have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free/reduced-price meals. Priority is given to schools with the highest percentage of free and reduced-rice eligible students.

Kentucky received more than $3.8 million in FFVP funding for the 2022 Federal Fiscal Year. Each participating school will receive funds to operate the program based on approximately $50 per student. Schools and funding are listed below:

South Floyd ES $43,200.00
Allen ES $30,720.00
Betsy Layne ES $38,700.00
J.M. Stumbo ES $21,960.00
Prestonsburg ES $42,540.00
Duff-Allen Central ES $35,220.00
May Valley ES $21,000.00