In partnership with the National Gardening Association, smoothie giant Jamba Juice is offering a series of grants to local schools to plant fruit trees as a way to promote nutrition education for young students.
Applications from schools for Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruit” grants are now being accepted, and both organizations hope that they will help schools create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences.
Schools interested in applying for one of twenty grants for $500 worth of fruit trees can learn more about the program by visiting www.kidsgardening.org. Applications are due November 29, 2010 with winners being announced in January 2011.
Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit tree activities in curriculum, and the ability to sustain the program over multiple years.
“Observing and exploring fruit production gives a deeper understanding and appreciation for this essential element of our diet,” said Mike Metallo, president, National Gardening Association.
A recent UK survey on the diet and nutritional habits of children between ages four and 18 found that on average, children ate less than half the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day and that one in five children didn’t eat any fruit at all.
The “It’s All About the Fruit” grant program is part of the larger Sip to Support a Garden™ program, in whcih schools and community gardens can earn year-round funding for their garden programs by distributing Jamba’s Community Appreciation Card.
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