Your child’s school, Dayton Elementary, is one of the schools that have been awarded a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) USDA grant. The grant is administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and coordinated by Child Nutrition Services.
Starting in November, a fresh fruit or vegetable snack will be provided for all K-5 students in the elementary school. The goal of the FFVP is to:
- Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
- Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience
- Increase students fruit and vegetable consumption
- Make a difference in students diets to impact their present and future health
Originally the plan was to provide the fruits and vegetable as a snack in the morning or afternoon. Due to the shortened schedule and other restrictions due to the COVID pandemic, we are now planning to send them home with your child at the end of the day. At first, it will be once a week. Once we get a routine, we hope to send the “to go” boxes or bags home twice a week. This week we will be sending them home on Thursday, November 19.
Throughout the course of the school year, your student will have the opportunity to try several new fruits and vegetables. If you have any concerns about allergies or other health related concerns, please contact Jana Eaton in the Food Services Department to discuss this. I can be reached at 509-382-2543 (office) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jana L. Eaton
Food Services Director
Dayton School District No. 2