Grant brings veggies to Plainfield
Plainfield School was awarded a Illinois State Board of Education grant to promote nutrition through fresh fruits and vegetables. The grant's goal is to emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables only and to expose children to fruits and vegetables they might not ordinarily be able to get.
Each school day, about 350 children, first through fifth grade, receive a free fruit or vegetable snack. The snacks are secured through District 62’s lunch provider, Arbor. Staple snacks include carrots, bananas, and apples. At other times, snacks are fruits that are less familiar to students, such as jicama (cactus), radishes, and green peppers.