The Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program is federally assisted through the United States of Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fresh fruits and vegetables are made available to students throughout the school day. The program is for elementary schools only. Schools that participate meet certain criteria and have to be invited to participate. Child Nutrition Programs manage the program. Each school receives funds to order fresh fruits & vegetables which are provided to students at different times of day aside from school meals. It is a federally funded program authorized by Congress under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-171). In 2008 the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 established the FFVP as a permanent program under section 19 of National School Lunch.
The purpose of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is to provide free, fresh fruits and vegetables to students. The program encourages students to eat more fruits and vegetables, learn to make healthier choices, and combat chidhood obesity.
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ChooseMyPlate encourages school-age children to eat 2-3 cups of vegetables a day and 1 1/2-2 cups of fruits a day.
The Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program available at a school provides an excellent opportunity for students to meet the suggested servings during the school day. Fruits and Vegetables are served in their most "whole" or "natural" form which is the most nutritious.
More About Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program Brochure
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