1,600 Ithaca elementary students now eating fresh classroom snacks
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1,600 Ithaca elementary students now eating fresh classroom snacks

The Fresh Snack Program expands to a fifth ICSD school

Announcement from the Youth Farm Project:

ITHACA, NY [FEBRUARY 2017]—Last month, Cayuga Heights Elementary School became the fifth school to benefit from the Fresh Snack Program in the Ithaca City School District, in partnership with the district’s Child Nutrition Program.

Fresh snacks can replace less nutritious snacks that parents or teachers otherwise pay for, increase access to fresh plant-based foods, familiarize students with healthier food choices, and connect youth with their local food system.

“We are very excited to bring the Fresh Snack program to our school,” says Cayuga Heights’ principal, Brad Pollack. “Students have enjoyed the fresh fruits and vegetables so far and have been interested in hearing the Fresh Bites on the morning announcements. It’s important to us that all of our students have access to fresh fruit and vegetables and to learn to try, taste, and enjoy new, healthy foods.”

“Fresh Bites” are quick nutrition facts about the fruits and veggies beings served, read over morning announcements. Many classrooms in Fresh Snack partner schools also take field trips to the Youth Farm, where some of the snacks are grown.

The Fresh Snack Program sources and serves foods that are as local and organic as possible, thanks to a partnership with regional food hub and food processing business, Crooked Carrot.

The program serves fresh snacks to all the PreK through 5th grade students in Beverly J. Martin, Enfield, Belle Sherman, Caroline, and Cayuga Heights Elementary schools.


For more information on The Fresh Snack Program and other programs at The Youth Farm Project, visit our website at www.youthfarmproject.org or contact Audrey Baker at youthfarm2school@gmail.com / 607-592-2902.

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