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Italian Village Provides Local Olive Oil for Student Snacks

Sep. 23, 2019
By Ylenia Granitto

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As a new aca­d­e­mic year begins in Stella Cilento, schools in the small town have agreed to offer bread and extra virgin olive oil to local stu­dents as an after­noon snack.

“Kids are going back to school and we are glad to give them the oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence, through­out this year, a healthy and tasty improve­ment in their food habits,” Francesco Massanova, the mayor of the 700-person vil­lage, told Olive Oil Times.

The idea for par­ents to visit the class­rooms of nurs­ery and ele­men­tary stu­dents in order to pre­pare the tra­di­tional snack came after these stu­dents helped to har­vest olives from trees owned by the town.

“It all started when we decided to har­vest the olives in the munic­i­pal­ity owned groves, involv­ing the chil­dren in pick­ing fruits,” Massanova said.

With the help of some local millers, the stu­dents obtained 40 liters of good extra virgin olive oil, which par­ents pro­posed to use as part of a bi-weekly snack for the young stu­dents. The town liked the idea and agreed to supply the bread.

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“The chil­dren are happy and prefer ‘pane e olio’, bread and olive oil, to junk food,” Massanova said.