Fruit and Vegetable Program
Make at least half of your plate Fruits and Vegetables
Our School Nutrition Department has received fresh fruit and vegetable program funding to provide students in the elementary schools with a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetable snacks several days per week. 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.