Recorder: "Greenfield schools get nutrition grant"

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Greenfield schools get nutrition grant

GREENFIELD — More farm fresh foods may be headed to the Four Corners School and the Greenfield Middle School.

The two schools were awarded a total of $5,345 by Fuel Up to Play 60, in partnership with the New England Dairy & Food Council and the dairy farmers of Massachusetts, to help them upgrade kitchen equipment to help with storage.

“The Greenfield Public Schools Nutrition Department strives to ensure that not only are our students’ basic needs met on a daily basis, but that they have access to highly nutritious, fresh and delicious menu offerings every day,” Madison Walker, the department’s nutrition director, said.

The money will likely help both schools buy new refrigerators to support the increased need for storage, particularly of local dairy products.

“The idea of farm fresh has really broadened the kids’ understanding of where food comes from and that cycle, the understanding for it and appreciation of it,” Four Corners Principal Jake Toomey said.

The Greenfield School Department is eligible for Fuel Up to Play 60 because of the need in the schools. The department offers universal free breakfast, has breakfast in the classroom and the schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, which gives free lunch for all students in the school.

“It’s just great that there’s such organizations out there that are so supportive of schools and nutrition, health and wellness,” Toomey said.

Toomey noted that the elementary school has continued to grow and the equipment that it has wasn’t necessarily intended to service as many students as they have now. These funds will help them to alleviate those challenges.

Four Corners will receive $2,000 and the middle school will receive $3,345 from the grant brought in by Christine Nosel, the department’s head of grant funding.

“We are thrilled to have received this funding as it nicely complements the whole student educational experience for our students,” Nosel said.