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USDA grant provides produce at Tuscaloosa schools

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Tuscaloosa schools officials say they're going to use a grant of more than $93,000 to bring fresh produce to students at four elementary schools.

The district's nutrition director Kimberly Jackson tells the Tuscaloosa News ( ) officials are hoping the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will boost produce consumption at Holt, Maxwell, Matthews and Flatwoods elementary schools.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program was launched in 2002 and is meant to provide fresh produce at elementary schools to try fighting childhood obesity. The program is focused on school with high percentages of students who receive free or reduced lunch.

Students will be served the produce at kiosks in school hallways.

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News,

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