A north-central Iowa school is getting a cash grant for its food service program from a California-based company. Officials of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressings awarded the grant to the South Hamilton Elementary School in Jewell as a part of the company’s "Love Your Veggies" School Lunch campaign. The Jewell school was one of five schools nationwide to receive the grant as a way to get students to eat their vegetables on a daily schedule.
South Hamilton’s food service department pledged to get their students healthy via Veggie Victories, an interactive program featuring a vegetable bar stocked with fresh produce, a physical activity of the month and a vegetable of the week, along with a classroom incentive program to excite students and encourage involvement. Hidden Valley awarded similar grants to schools in Chicago; Indianapolis; Burien, Washington; and Humble, Texas.