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Due to the partnership with WVU Extension Nutrition Services, the Mountaineer Food Bank paid the students of Adamston Elementary a visit Wednesday, April 24. Throughout the year, the school’s students have been receiving weekly lessons on healthy nutrition habits from WVU Extension Service Youth Health Educator, Brandi Adkins.
During the Mountain Food Bank’s visit, all students received a 10 minute review of what they have been learning in the classrooms. The refresher consisted of students recognizing different root vegetables, acknowledging correct portion sizes, what foods belong in each group, and much more. Students were engaged during this lesson with a visual crossword puzzle.
After the lesson, students then had the opportunity to go through the food bank set up by the Mountaineer Food Bank to receive the fresh produce they get to take home to their families. During Wednesday’s visit, students had the opportunity to receive locally grown potatoes, carrots, eggplant, cucumbers, and peppers.
“Having the Mountaineer Food Bank bring these foods exposes the kids to new foods that go along with our weekly lessons. It also supplements fresh produce into these kids’ homes, and kids are always excited to bring food home to their families”, explained Adkins.
The Mountaineer Food Bank is made possible through a grant funded by DTE Energy. Through the funding the Mountaineer Food Bank has been able to supply children in four (4) separate counties including Harrison with 40,000 pounds of fresh produce. Over 300 students at Adamston Elementary each received 7 to 10 pounds of produce themselves.
Adamston Elementary is the only school located within the Clarksburg that took part in the WVU Extension Nutrition Program.