PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The South Dakota Discovery Center received a grant today that it will use to implement the VEGGIES (Volunteers and Educators Growing Gardens with Eager Students) program. The $18,760 grant is provided by the Wellmark Foundation and will help create a culture in which fresh fruit and vegetable consumption is the norm. Funding will be used to establish Harvest of the Month programs at five after school sites and will also be used by the Oahe Child Development Center Harvest of the Month program. Seven sites in the Pierre area are being developed or improved so youngsters can learn how food grows, cultivate the plants and harvest them to make healthy snacks. Kristie Maher, Executive Director of the South Dakota Discovery Center, says the long term goal is to impact food choices at home by surrounding youth with nutritional experiences. The Discovery Center is collaborating with various schools and other agencies for the VEGGIES project, including the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area, Fort Pierre GOLD Program, McKinley Elementary School and McKinley CAPS Program, Oahe Child Development Center, Oahe Family YMCA,St. Joseph School and Afterschool Program and Washington Elementary School.
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