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Jonesboro Elementary was awarded the first grant for USDA Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Program in the Bessemer City Schools System in 2008. As of School Year 2015-16 all 5 Elementary schools have been awarded the USDA Fresh Fruits & Vegetable grant. The students, faculty, cafeteria staff, principals and parents are having new experience of teaching, learning, preparing and snacking on new Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.  This grant is to be utilized by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables and sharing the items with the students on a weekly base.  The students are pleased and excited to be introduced to a new or familiar piece of fruit or vegetable. This also introduces the students on eating fruits and vegetables as healthy snacks.  

Some of the Fresh Fruit & Vegetables offered were:  Star fruit, fresh sweet potato sticks w/applesauce dip, plout, mixed berries, mangoes, cucumber & grape tomato, pineapple spears, fresh broccoli & cauliflower, yellow fresh watermelon, and Anjou red Pear.  

What an expanded offering of items this has meant for students and staff. Studying, testing and tasting such items as Cactus Pears, Aspargus, and Spaghetti Squash.

Congulations to Greenwood Elementary and Hard Elemetary on being awarded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant for School Year 2015-16.

Fruit and Vegetable Grant awarded in 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015 to Jonesboro Elementary.

Fruit and Vegetable Grant awarded in 2012,2013,2014, 2015 to Westhills Elementary.

Fruit and Vegetable Grant awarded in 2013,2014,2015 to Abrams Elementary.


A special thanks goes to Ms. Becky Murray, Retired Counselor at Jonesboro Elementary School who wrote the grant for the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program.

A Special thanks to the Princples, teachers, CNP Managers, CNP Central Office Staff, Regional Produce, Forestwood Farms & Publix in Mcalla for the help and support.  

Click on the link to the right of the page to read the news letter and photos of the Fruit & Vegetable Fair.