the last four years, Indian Wells Elementary School students have
eaten approximately $70,000 worth of fruit and vegetables.
For the fifth year in a row, the United States Department of
Agriculture selected Indian Wells Elementary to receive the Fresh
Fruit and Vegetable Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The goals of the program are to create healthier environments
by providing healthier food choices, to expand the children's exposure
to a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, and to increase their
fruit and vegetable consumption. These outcomes positively affect
the childrens' present and future health.
Twice a week sixth graders deliver the day's fruit or vegetable
selection to each classroom. The grant requires that students eat
the fruits and vegetables in their raw state with nothing added.
Indian Wells children have experienced a wide range of fruits and
veggies and are always eager to find out what will be delivered
during the week.
School administrators say the program has been a fun and educational
experience not only for students but also for their families since
staff sends nutrition information and recipes home regularly. This
provides opportunities to continue healthy eating habits at home,
and comments from a number of parents have indicated positive changes
in eating habits for the entire family.