SC wins grant to help more poor preschoolers eat healthy

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina is receiving a $100,000 federal grant aimed at keeping more poor preschoolers enrolled in a program that provides healthy foods and nutritional advice.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces that South Carolina is among six recipients splitting $2 million. The others are Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

South Carolina sought the money to buy a mobile clinic for five of the state’s poorest counties.

Undersecretary Kevin Concannon said Tuesday the grants are intended to help improve retention rates of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Children are eligible up to age 5, but many parents don’t re-enroll their children beyond their first birthday.

The state’s public health agency says more than 107,000 women and children in South Carolina received the aid in August.

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