On October 27, the students of McGill Elementary got the opportunity to “shop” for fresh produce at their own Farmers Market put together by Chartwells, the districts food service program director, and White Pine’s Fresh Fruit & Vegetable program, granted by the NV Dept. of Agriculture.
The students were given $8 in play money to shop for a large array of fresh fruits and vegetables. The items included red potatoes, yellow potatoes, carrots, green onions, mini mixed bell peppers, granny smith apples, gala apples, Anjou pears, pomegranates, pineapple, purple cauliflower & pumpkins and were priced in varying quantities for $1. This gave the students a lesson in managing their money and the mathematical exercise of determining how much they could purchase with their $8.
White Pine County had the fortunate opportunity to receive the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant this school year. The FFVP can be an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The Program has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.