Kids in CNMI Consume More Fruit by Enjoying Smoothies at Breakfast

Posted by Mary Kay Gominger, Public Affairs Director, Western Regional Office in

Food and Nutrition

Apr 26, 2022

CNMI students enjoying a refreshing fruit smoothie

It’s the age-old query – the way to get kids to eat extra fruit? We all know the advantages of a eating regimen that’s wealthy in fruit. At least adults do. Convincing kids so as to add extra fruit to their eating regimen is one other problem. The meals vitamin specialists at the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands enticed their faculty kids to eat extra fruit by serving fruit smoothies.

Last yr, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands obtained a USDA School Breakfast Expansion Grant in the quantity of $199,920. The CNMI Public School System is utilizing the funds to buy blenders and different wanted tools for all their faculties to allow them to add fruit smoothies as a breakfast menu merchandise. They are additionally offering coaching to workers and creating culturally acceptable smoothie recipes. Their objective is to extend breakfast participation, improve fruit consumption at breakfast, and finally make fruit an everyday a part of the scholars’ breakfast routines at faculty and at residence.

A kitchen staff member loading a blender with fresh fruit as he prepares smoothies for breakfast at a CNMI school

“This USDA School Breakfast Expansion Grant allows us to add fruit smoothies to our breakfast menu and so far, we’ve gotten a good response,” mentioned Dale Roberts, CNMI’s Child Nutrition Program Director. “The grant funding is for two years and though we’ve had a slow start rolling it out, due to supply chain issues, we will soon offer fresh fruit smoothies at all of our schools.”

Earlier this month, USDA introduced the opening of this yr’s School Breakfast Expansion Grants for U.S. Territories. Nearly $2.8 million is obtainable for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.

Information in regards to the grant and the way to apply might be discovered on the web site. Applications are due July 13, 2022.

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