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Schools picked for food program

SEATTLE - The Intertribal Council of Arizona and the Oglala Sioux Tribe of
the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are included in the first phase
of an expanded school nutrition program.

The federal Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program is designed to increase
consumption of fruits and vegetables by children. The 2002 Farm Bill
provided $6 million for the program for the 2002 - '03 school year. The
recently enacted Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act made the
program permanent. Effective Oct. 1, $9 million will be made available for
program participants.

Participants include the Intertribal Council, Oglala Sioux, and 25 schools
in four states, including Zuni Pueblo of New Mexico, which participated in
the pilot program.

Evaluation showed that the program was popular with students and
administrators, improved student eating habits, raised student preference
for and awareness of a variety of fruits and vegetables and that schools
were interested in continuing if funding was available.