SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KCBS) Five Bay Area nutrition education programs have received grants to help them continue their efforts.

The Boys and Girls Club of North San Mateo County, which runs a student garden at Sunshine Gardens Elementary School in South San Francisco is one of the grant recipients.

“This grant is going to enable us to build a much nicer garden,” said North San Mateo County Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Sharon Dolan. “And it will help us to get the dirt, the concrete blocks, things to actually build out the garden.”

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Dolan said the garden project is one of the schools most popular programs, with 40 students participating this past school year and she said she expects twice that next year.

“The kids will be bringing in recipes from home to cook with the vegetables that they have planted and then still be trying to create recipes together with the parents that use the vegetables in a way that’s culturally appropriate with the foods that they typically cook with,” said Dolan.

The grants were awarded by a Southern California agricultural trade group and also went to garden programs in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.