The Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program is a USDA federally funded grant providing all enrolled students in participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetables during the school day – separate from the lunch or breakfast meal. The goal of this program is to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience in a healthy school environment, increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and to make a positive impact on the students' future health.
Who, When, Where?
All students at participating schools receive a free fresh fruit and vegetable three times per week, when possible. The fruit or vegetable is picked up in the cafe and served in the classroom separate from breakfast and lunch. The produce is ordered, stored and prepared by the Fulton County School Nutrition Program and served by teachers or para-professionals. A fun fact sheet is provided with each item.
Food safety is one of the highest priorities for the School Nutrition Program. Produce is received, stored, prepared, and served under strict food safety rules and guidelines.
What can Parents do?
- Encourage students to sample every fresh fruit or vegetable offered.
- Be positive regarding new fruits and veggies served at school.
- Talk to children about the benefits of healthy eating.
- Try fruits and vegetables in new ways with your children.
- Eat fruits and vegetables of different colors - red, dark green, yellow, blue, purple, white, and orange to get the broadest range of nutrients.