JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Federal funding cuts may result in the elimination of a popular food program at district elementary schools.
For years, TCSD#1 received grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) to support a fresh fruit in schools program for the entire school year. This week, the district was notified that the USDA has reduced the funding, dramatically impacting the program.
The program provided fresh fruit at Alta Elementary, Wilson Elementary, Colter Elementary, and Jackson Elementary schools.
“This week we received an additional update stating that there was an error in the calculations and that our funding was further reduced, leaving Colter Elementary as the only school that will receive funding for the program,” information coordinator Charlotte Reynolds said. “Additionally, there is only enough funding to support the program from October through June, rather being able to support the program for the entire school year.”
Food services director, Wes Clarke added, “This is a great program that allows all students to receive fresh fruits and vegetables during the long school day. We see many times that students are very hungry between morning and lunch or lunch and the end of the school day. They just need a small pick-me-up to be the best learners they can be. These snacks are distributed in the classroom and teachers are able to use these fresh fruits and vegetables not only as nutritional snacks but also as an educational tool.”
TCSD#1 administrators say they will continue to look for other grant opportunities and private donations to continue the program.
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