Make at least half of your plate
Our Nutrition Services Department has implemented a fresh fruit and vegetable program grant from the 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. It has proven successful at 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. General nutrition education is provided for each item either in the cafeteria or in the classroom.
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 are 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: