Colbert Elementary School has been selected as one of five schools in the state to receive the “Feed My School for a Week” Grant in which school districts utilize locally grown vegetables and fruits in their menus for meals served to the students and staff.
“This grant will introduce students to vegetables and fruits grown close to home as well as local careers in the field of agriculture,” school officials said.
Misty Friedman, school nutrition director, wrote in the application that Madison County Schools have vegetables and fruits grown all around.
“We have a wide variety of vegetables and fruits available to us within a 50 mile radius,” she wrote. “There are the wonderful strawberries at Moons Farm in Colbert, vegetables at the Veggie Patch at Bouchard Farms and even organic vegetables available at Woodland Gardens in Winterville as well as many others.”
School officials said they are very excited about this opportunity for students, staff and community.
“Applying for and receiving this grant, is directly related to the Madison County Schools focus on becoming a charter system as of July 1, 2012 and our application for a College and Career Academy currently being reviewed,” school leaders said. “Madison County Schools understand that Madison County is an agricultural community and will continue to work to provide agriculture related learning opportunities and experiences for our students. Congratulations to Colbert Elementary students and staff!”