Governor Wolf Announces $7 Million in Funding to Provide Free Healthy Snacks in PA Schools

August 31, 2022

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 266 elementary schools will receive $7 million in grant funding to provide students with fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

“Healthy foods are essential to children’s growth, learning, development, and well-being, and this funding will help more students access nutritious food while school is in session,” Governor Wolf said. “The fresh fruits and vegetables offered through these grants will help students establish healthy eating habits, grow stronger, and stay focused and engaged in the classroom.”

A list of the 2022-23 grant recipients is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) School Nutrition Programs webpage.

FFVP’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. The program was implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and is now available in all 50 states.

Funding priority is given to schools with the highest rates of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Grantees are required to spend most of their funding to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials.

During his time in office, Governor Wolf has prioritized combating hunger. In 2015 he established the Food Security Partnership, a group comprising the secretaries of the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services; unveiled the commonwealth’s food security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA in 2016; and introduced the Governor’s School Breakfast Initiative in 2017.

Earlier this summer, the Wolf Administration also announced the PA Hunger-Free Campus initiative to help students at risk of hunger to access free, healthy food on college campuses across Pennsylvania.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website.

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