It was looking like students at most elementary schools in Teton County would not receive fresh fruit or vegetable snacks during the school day, thanks to an error in calculations by the federal government.

But there’s a local effort to turn that around.

Last year the district received $73,000 to cover all of the elementary schools. This coming school year it will get $23,000 — a $50,000 reduction — that would pay just for fruit for Colter Elementary School.

The Teton County Education Foundation has set up a page on its website, TetonEducationFoundation.org, for online donations to help keep the program running locally. Donors can also call Susan Eriksen-Meier at 690-7781.

In the past Teton County School District No. 1 has received grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Wyoming Department of Education to finance the fresh fruit program, which provides fresh produce as snacks.

Teachers say the food helps keep kids focused and nourished during the long school day. The program is separate from the regular lunch program and exists only at the elementary school level.

Contact Kylie Mohr at 732-7079, schools@jhnewsandguide.com or @JHNGschools.

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