Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Make at least half of your plate Fruits and Vegetables
Our Nutrition Services Department has implemented a fresh fruit and vegetable program grant from USDA to provide students with a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools and it has proven successful in introducing students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample. The fresh fruit or vegetable is provided to the students as snack in the mid-morning or afternoon and nutrition education is provided for each item.
Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and none have cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is clear: they help to reduce risk for heart disease, they may help to protect against certain types of cancers, reduce the risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes.
We are currently providing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to the following elementary schools:
Irving Heroes Academy Carlile Bessemer Academy Bradford
Eva Baca Franklin Park View Beulah Heights Columbian
Minnequa Heritage Highland Park Morton South Park
Belmont Haaff Cesar Chavez Academy