Government Grant Gives Idaho Students Exotic Fruit

In an effort to introduce pupils to healthier snack options, the USDA is letting students in Idaho sample dragon fruit, mangosteen, and other exotic fruits.

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From preparing vegetarian lunches to hosting Meatless Mondays, schools across the country have been implementing different strategies to encourage healthier eating. Recently, the US Department of Agriculture and the Idaho Department of Education issued grants to 113 schools across the state to receive exotic fruits such as mangosteen, dragon fruit, and daikon radish for the student body to try. The schools that will receive the funds have the highest number of free and discounted-price student lunches. One of the school’s principals told the Post Register that the exotic fruit campaign was a strategy to expose the pupils and their parents to healthy snack options.


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