Fruit and Vegetable Program
Make at least half of your plate Fruits and Vegetables
Our Nutrition Servies Department has implemented a fresh fruit and vegetable program 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.
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.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Good News . . . . . Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant!
We are very excited to have nine (9) of our elementary sites awarded the 2016-17 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Federal Grant, including;
With this funding we are able to offer our students fresh fruits and vegetables before recess three days each week. This is in addition to the fresh fruits and vegetable offered during their regular breakfast, lunch or snack programs.
With the help of teachers, school nurses, parents and food service staff the funding will enable us to promote good health, nutrition and physical activity. We will be able to provide nutrition education, materials, needed equipment and staffing during their regular school days and special events.