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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 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017 to Jonesboro Elementary.

Fruit and Vegetable Grant awarded in 2012,2013,2014, 2015,2016,2017 to Westhills Elementary.

Fruit and Vegetable Grant awarded in 2013,2014,2015,2016,2017 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.

Non-Discrimination Statement - January 2016 revision    And_Justice_for_All.JPG

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:  https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)  email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Non-Discrimination Statement - Spanish - January 2016 revision

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, credo religioso, discapacidad, edad, creencias políticas, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o con discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] llamando al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html  y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights          1400 Independence Avenue, SW          Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.