Students in Wood County schools learned about the importance of healthy eating, and were able to "buy" their own fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to Pop Up Farmers Markets sponsored by WVU Extension's Family Nutrition Program. A $6,250 grant from the PACF funded "Kids Koupons" for the students to use to purchase produce provided by local farmers.
One 4th grade student at Madison Elementary School shared the impact of the project with Rebecca Marks, program director:
"Dear Mrs. Marks, throughout the few weeks you have inspired me to eat healthy. If you were not here I would be eating junk food, junk food, junk food every single day over and over. I really did need this. I know this will have a big impact on me. Junk food will never take over my body again. This has been one of the best things that ever happened to me. I hope you are proud to have inspired many kids in our classroom."
This grant was made possible by the following funds of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation:
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