Grant lets eight schools get fresh produce this fall

Monday, June 29, 2009 at 5:14pm
Staff Reports

Eight Metro Nashville schools have landed federal grants to give kids free fresh fruits and vegetables.

The food purchased through the grants will be fresh — not canned or frozen — and provided throughout the school day.

Schools with the greatest percentage economically disadvantaged students were given the highest level of consideration.

Grant funding levels range from $3,206 to $40,030.

Funds were secured through the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and were awarded based on factors including staff commitment, efficient use of resources and innovative promotional efforts.

“It’s important that we start teaching our students healthy habits that can stay with them as they grow into adults,” said Tim Webb, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, in a statement. “We are excited that so many schools chose to participate this year and offer nutritious items to their students.”

The Metro schools and their grant amounts:

Hattie Cotton Elementary $27,154
Glenview Elementary $31,313
Haywood Elementary $33,417
Hermitage Elementary $12,174
KIPP Academy $7,315
Murrell School $3,206
Shwab Elementary $15,130
Una Elementary $40,030


3 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 6/30/09 at 4:28

When I was a kid we were poor but funny we didn't know it because no one continiously pointed out that we were.

It is a mistake IMO to make people feel like they are "disadvantaged" . That may be acceptable in a communist society but not in ours where anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps rather then be less then someone else that needs a handout.

If kids are inclined to eat fruit and vegitables then should they not be available equally to all of the kids? Think what it does to those not disadvantaged and how they think and treat the poor kids as less then themselves.

If you want them to grow up thinking all are equal then treat them that way. Don't ingrain predjudice in them or give them an inflated value of themselves.

By: TharonChandler on 6/30/09 at 11:13


By: jiji on 6/30/09 at 3:31


I read that all public schools were eligible to apply for this grant, but almost all Metro principals declined to do so. Why? DId it take too much time to fill out the application and implement an education program to accompany it? Way to go Una and the rest for taking the time and effort to improve the lives of your children. Fresh fruits and vegetables would have been such a treat for the many young children in the inner city "fresh food deserts". Shame on the ones who did not even try to get the grant.