13 Reading schools get more than $450,000 to provide healthy food to students | Local News

Thirteen Reading School District elementary schools are among 288 across the state to get federal dollars to help provide fresh fruit and vegetables to students.

The state is providing a total of $7 million to help make sure kids get healthy snacks during the school day. Reading schools will receive a total of $451,800.

The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and administered by the state Department of Education.

“Healthy, nutritious meals are essential to a child’s growth and success,” Education Secretary Noe Ortega said in a statement announcing the grants. “These

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Students in Richardson intern program collecting healthy food for kids in need

The Richardson mayor’s summer internship program is collecting donations for kid-friendly snacks for the “Healthy Kids Snack Drive” now through Aug. 5.

Healthy snacks items needed for donation include fruit cups, cereal cups, oatmeal cups, apple sauce, juice boxes, macaroni and cheese cups and soup cups.

The snack drive is organized by high school interns in the program and will benefit families in need. The items will be distributed at the Richardson ISD “Backpack Bash” on Aug. 7 at Richardson High School. Any leftover items will be distributed to area children served by the Network of Community Ministries.

Donations may

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