"Snack Attack" Field Trip for VIA Students Held at Whole Foods

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Whole Foods in Charlottesville hosted a “snack attack” field trip for children with autism Friday.

The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) students spent several hours making healthy snacks and visiting some animals. Popcorn, fruit parfaits, trail mix, and frozen sorbets were just a few of the snacks students tasted and helped make on their field trip.

VIA school teachers say gluten- and casein-free foods are a big part of the student's diets.

Whole Foods provided students with a variety of these healthy snack foods, treats, and sandwiches that can easily be included in their school lunches.

Buttercup the black vulture from the Wildlife Center of Virginia also made an appearance.

"He's a pretty smart bird, so he picks up on people's reactions. So if he sees the kids are really excited, he seems to get really excited,” said Raina Krasner of the Wildlife Center of VA.

Malcolm, a corn snake from the center, was also on hand.

This year VIA is celebrating expanding its operations throughout Virginia and partnering with bigger organizations like Whole Foods. VIA's 18th annual anniversary gala is September 5.

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