By ALAHANDRA JONES
Every Friday, Benton Elementary students take home the upcoming week’s snack menu as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which strives to expose students to more fruits and vegetables and promote healthy eating habits.
This is the second year Benton received a $14,000 grant to serve fresh fruits and vegetables to students during a designated snack time. Supervisors determine the menu and manage how the grant money will be allocated for the year. Students of every grade level from preschool to fifth grade try different fruits and vegetables from Monday to Thursday.
“I think it’s totally working,” said kitchen manager Melissa Scott. “It’s opened up the world of fruits and vegetables to students and staff.”