Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for School Year 2016-2017

August 2nd, 2016

Cedar Bluff, Centre Elementary School, and Sand Rock have been awarded grants from the USDA totaling almost $75,000 which allows for their continued participation in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary students at no cost. The goals of the program are to increase the consumption of fresh produce, to expose students to items that they might not have to opportunity to try at school or at home, and to aid in the development of healthy eating habits. Students are given common fruits and vegetables such as bananas and baby carrots, but also have the ability to try more exotic items such as mango and jicama! The delivery method varies at each site and even sometimes among different grade groups within the same school, but items are normally available three days a week and are accessible to all elementary students. Nutrition education is an important component of the program and is provided in morning announcements, in the cafeteria, and in the classroom.