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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

September 9, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Kids in Thomas County are eating their fruits and veggies. Garrison Pilcher Elementary and Hand in Hand Primary School were two of the 25 schools in Georgia selected to receive a USDA Fruit and Vegetable Grant.

Today was Plum Day at Garrison Pilcher Elementary. Teachers passed out the sweet fruit-of-the-day during morning recess. And some kids were doing more chowing down then they were playing!

Last spring the USDA sent out applications for their new Fruit and Vegetable program to schools across the state. Only 25 schools were selected in Georgia and two of them were Thomas County Schools.

"We're trying to combat the obesity epidemic and trying to teach these children how to eat healthier and fresh fruits and vegetables is one way," says Nutrition Director Karen Green.

So far the program is a hit. The kids like it, and so do teachers and parents.

Leigh Carroll is a 2nd Grade teacher, but also a parent. She says fruits are expensive and she sometimes looks them over when shopping at the grocery store.

"It's providing that which we as parents may not be able to provide at home right now with our economy and our budget being smaller," says Carroll.

The grant is 50 dollars, per student, per year.

"That's not a whole lot, maybe 27 ,28 cents per student but we're going to make it work," says Green.

The kids get to try a new fruit or vegetable everyday, getting a young start on healthy eating that will hopefully last a lifetime. Feedback