Education
1:32 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

More JCPS Schools Participate in Fresh Produce Program

Several Jefferson County elementary schools will continue participating in the fresh produce program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture next school year.

JCPS has taken part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program(FFVP) since 2008, according to district officials.  Schools participating in the program offer students fresh produce three times a week.

"We just try to expand their variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and let them know that there’s more fruits and vegetables than your normal apples, oranges and bananas," said Alicia Arnett, the district's FFVP supervisor.

This year, the district received nearly $900,000, which is enough funding for 35 elementary schools. The program is based on the number of students receiving free and reduced meals and during the 2012-2013 school year 35 elementary schools will be participating. Although some schools were eligible to participate, not all did, said Arnett.

“We had actually four schools that participated last year that won’t participate this year and then we had six new schools to come on this year," she said.

During the 2010-2011 school year, JCPS received only $281,000 for the program and last year it received $857,000. 

Arnett said she hopes the amount of local produce offered through the program will increase. Last year, about 8 percent of the produce was provided by local vendors, which is around $65,000 of the program's food budget, she said.

The goal, she said, is to continue increasing that number gradually.

Below is a list of schools participating in the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Jefferson Co.

Cane Run Elementary

$25,013.50

Jefferson Co.

Whitney Young Elementary

$23,591.68

Jefferson Co.

Roosevelt-Perry Elementary

$20,537.40

Jefferson Co.

Maupin Elementary

$26,856.60

Jefferson Co.

Hazelwood Elementary

$24,802.86

Jefferson Co.

Atkinson Elementary

$20,326.76

Jefferson Co.

Gilmore Lane Elementary

$19,747.50

Jefferson Co.

Wheatley Elementary

$22,117.20

Jefferson Co.

Minors Lane Elementary

$19,800.16

Jefferson Co.

Crums Lane Elementary

$24,802.86

Jefferson Co.

King Elementary

$23,802.32

Jefferson Co.

Cochran Elementary

$20,379.42

Jefferson Co.

Portland Elementary

$13,112.34

Jefferson Co.

Dixie Elementary

$23,223.06

Jefferson Co.

McFerran Elementary

$52,080.74

Jefferson Co.

Engelhard Elementary

$21,590.60

Jefferson Co.

Mill Creek Elementary

$26,698.62

Jefferson Co.

Slaughter Elementary

$22,854.44

Jefferson Co.

Layne Elementary

$24,276.26

Jefferson Co.

Indian Trail Elementary

$25,645.42

Jefferson Co.

Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary

$20,958.68

Jefferson Co.

Gutermuth Elementary

$23,433.70

Jefferson Co.

Wellington Elementary

$25,908.72

Jefferson Co.

Rangeland Elementary

$28,805.02

Jefferson Co.

Camp Taylor Elementary

$25,171.48

Jefferson Co.

Goldsmith Lane Elementary

$36,388.06

Jefferson Co.

Price Elementary

$30,437.48

Jefferson Co.

Watson Lane Elementary

$23,539.02

Jefferson Co.

Shelby Elementary

$34,334.32

Jefferson Co.

Kenwood Elementary

$31,227.38

Jefferson Co.

Sanders Elementary

$26,803.94

Jefferson Co.

Lincoln Elementary

$20,958.68

Jefferson Co.

Foster Traditional Academy

$33,439.10

Jefferson Co.

Byck Elementary

$32,649.20

Jefferson Co.

Blue Lick Elementary

$26,751.28