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WDC Schools awarded Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Grant once again

Photo by Dana Pavek/WDC Schools Displaying their winning posters are, from left: Emma Bushinger and Ashlyn Turcotte as part of the kickoff of the Fresh Fruits and Veggie Grant that WDC received again this year.

To celebrate Wadena-Deer Creek Schools being awarded the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant for the 2011-12 school year, a fruits and veggie-themed coloring contest was held. WDC Kids Club participated, with Emma Bushinger placing first and Ashlyn Turcotte receiving second place.

This is the third year WDC Schools have been awarded this grant. The Minnesota Department of Education administers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program (FFVP) through a federal grant. The program provides children with a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day at no cost.

"During the school year, WDC students get a fresh fruit or vegetable each day in addition to their lunch and breakfast," said Sandie Rentz, food service director, who applied for the grant.

WDC partners with Russ Davis Wholesale of Wadena to provide fruits and vegetables. They also provide nutritional information and recipes.