Hundreds of PreK-6th grade students at Daleville’s Windham Elementary School (WES) were treated to freshly roasted corn on the cob last Thursday. The event was made possible by the school’s receipt of a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The program is a federally assisted program that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools during the school year. The FFVP targets elementary schools with the highest free and reduced price enrollments.This is the first year Windham has received the grant. The school was awarded $26,789 to provide opportunities for students to experience fresh food vegetables and fruit. Nearly 550 Daleville elementary students enjoyed the feast this year.
“We applied for the grant to assist us in creating a healthier school environment by providing healthier food choices,” said Assistant Superintendent/Director of Child Nutrition Dr. Diane Flournoy. “We hope to accomplish this by expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience; increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.”The corn the WES students enjoyed was prepared by Dady’s Roasted Sweet Corn out of Westville, FL. Dady’s contracts with about a hundred school systems throughout Alabama to provide fresh corn to students/schools that receive the special grant. The corn is unshucked and roasted over a fire in a large portable oven. Then, as the children are served, the shucks are pulled back and the entire cob dunked into fresh butter.The schools typically choose corn because, “corn is right there at the top of the chart as the vegetable most often selected by our students during lunch,” said Flournoy. “We wanted the students to feel that healthy eating can be fun and delicious.”WES plans to apply for the grant a second time in the spring for next school year.