Wolf Administration Awards $5 Million in Fresh Food Grants to Pennsylvania Elementary Schools

first_img July 30, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Awards $5 Million in Fresh Food Grants to Pennsylvania Elementary Schoolscenter_img Education,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly 200 elementary schools across the commonwealth have been selected for grants totaling almost $5 million to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day.“Good nutrition is a building block for a child’s health and well-being,” Governor Wolf said. “Making healthy food accessible by students, whether through expanded breakfast programs or making local produce available during the day, helps keep students nourished so they are prepared to learn in our classrooms.”The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The program’s goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students’ present and future health. FFVP was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and expanded to all 50 states in 2008.“Providing fresh fruits and vegetables helps keep students healthy, while also providing an opportunity to teach them about health, and how to make smart and nutritious food choices,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said.To qualify for a grant, a school must have a free and reduced meal eligibility of 50 percent or more. Grantees are required to spend a majority of their grant on the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetable and must develop a plan to establish partnerships to reduce other costs. Schools are also required to provide nutrition education to students but cannot use FFVP funding to purchase nutrition education materials.During his tenure, Governor Wolf has made combating hunger a priority. In 2015 he established the Food Security Partnership, a group comprised of the secretaries of the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services; unveiled the commonwealth’s food security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA 2016; and introduced the Governor’s School Breakfast Initiative 2017.For a list of the 2018 grant recipients visit here.last_img read more

Investors bullish on real estate in 2014 – global study

first_imgEuropean investors were also positive on real estate, with 48.9% expecting to increase allocations, compared with 26.9% of North American investors.INREV, the real estate fund association for Europe, has been carrying out its Investment Intentions survey since 2007, but has teamed up with ANREV and PREA – its counterparts in Asia and the US, respectively – to provide a more global perspective.The results were revealed at the INREV Winter Seminar in London on Wednesday evening, where delegates heard that Germany was the top target market in Europe when including domestic investors, and the UK was the most popular market for international investors.UK offices was the most popular country-sector combination, preferred by 45% of investors, followed by French offices (44%) and German offices (43%).It was also revealed that ‘investment style’ preferences in European real estate funds remained consistent with 12 months ago, with approximately half of investors preferring core investments, around 42% preferring value-added strategies and roughly 7% preferring opportunistic investments.But Hesp revealed that the numbers for value-added and opportunistic would be lower if not for North American investors, which typically look for higher returns when investing outside their domestic market.The majority (70%) of Americans prefer value-add and the remaining 30% prefer opportunistic, while 66.7% of Asian investors prefer core and the remaining 33.3% are split evenly between value-add and opportunistic.Most European investors prefer core, especially Dutch (76.5%) and Swiss (75%) investors, although the majority of German investors (66.7%) also showed a preference for value-add strategies.Matthias Thomas, chief executive at INREV, said: “The global ‘Investment Intentions Survey’ reflects a generally positive sentiment across the industry as we enter 2014.“And while we see some familiar anticipated behaviours – such as European investors adopting a mostly defensive strategy and their US and Asian counterparts being more opportunistic – in Europe, there are also interesting shifts in attitude with a growing appetite for risk.” Institutional investors across the globe are increasing their allocations to real estate and intend to plough €35bn into the asset class in 2014, according to research by INREV, ANREV and PREA.The Investment Intentions Survey, a joint project between the three associations, surveyed 142 investors and found that, on average, they intend to increase their allocations from 9.5% to 10.3%.According to Casper Hesp, director of research and market information at INREV, greater confidence among investors, a more stable economic picture and perceived diversification benefits were the main factors behind the trend.Investors from Asia-Pacific were responsible for much of the growth, with 53.8% of those surveyed expecting to increase their allocations over the next two years.last_img read more

Tarik Black impressing Walton, but can he limit foul trouble?

first_imgPHOENIX >> The noise sounds pleasant to Tarik Black’s ears when he hears his name called by the public address announcer. It’s another reminder Black has stayed in the Lakers’ startling lineup.Yet Black hardly sounds consumed with holding a position that Lakers coach Luke Walton granted him in the last month.“I never cared about starting,” Black said before the Lakers faced the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “I put more toward performance and how he has played me consistently this year. That’s more of a confidence builder and a boost in our relationship than putting me in the starting lineup.”That might make things easier for Walton, who plans to start rookie center Ivica Zubac eventually. He delayed that decision partly because Zubac had a right quadriceps contusion that kept him out of the previous two games. Still, the 25-year-old Black has also stated his case by averaging 5.6 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 45.3 percent in 18.2 minutes as a starter. Tough decisionsDavid Nwaba, who signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers last week, was encouraged by Walton’s recent compliments.But when the Lakers mull whether to grant Nwaba a second 10-day contract on Friday, the variables go beyond Walton liking Nwaba’s defense.“We want to look at a couple of people before the season ends,” Walton said. “Some of them aren’t available right now. (Nwaba’s) been good. But we have to decide if we want to wait or look at someone else.”Nwaba, an undrafted guard who starred at University High of Los Angeles and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, entered Thursday’s game averaging 2.8 points on 50 percent shooting in 10.8 minutes through four appearances.“Sometimes guys don’t really believe in me. It’s your job to prove them wrong,” Nwaba said. “I can do more. I have high expectations for myself. Getting to those expectations is the ultimate goal.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m happy with the way Tarik plays,” Walton said. “He’s out there and trying to play the right way. He’s not hunting shots. When he gets open looks, he takes them and gets us extra possessions.”Walton and point guard D’Angelo Russell also praised Black for setting screens and rolling hard to the basket. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench to close out the season, Black is focused on reducing the number of personal fouls (three) he has averaged as a starter.“His reasoning is because he’s tired of giving up layups. That’s why he’s fouling,” Walton said. “I don’t think that’s the case all the time. A lot of times it’s on the guy he’s guarding. But it’s good for him.”Black agreed, arguing matter-of-factly that some of his foul issues stem from officials not giving him star treatment.“I like to be aggressive,” Black said. “I’d rather have the foul trouble now and dial it down as my career progresses and learn how to still be aggressive than to totally take away my aggressiveness.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more