Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM
This year our school will be participating in a special Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. We will be offering fresh fruits and vegetables in the classroom as snacks. We are excited to have been awarded this grant to provide our students with healthy, nutritious foods. The NJ Department of Agriculture awarded this program to only 157 schools throughout New Jersey. The grant is in partnership with Chartwells and Sickles Market in Little Silver.
Two days each week your child will enjoy a fruit or vegetable in the classroom. Occasionally, there will be information and recipes sent home for you as a family to participate in promoting and increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Please try to extend your child’s/children’s fruit and vegetable experience by encouraging fruits and vegetables at meal times and for snacks. Your participation will contribute to the success of this project! Look for our Nutrition Nuggets newsletter with great ideas how to promote health and nutrition at home!
This program is seen as an important catalyst for change in efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. The FFVP introduces our students to produce that they otherwise might have had the opportunity to sample.
The goals of the fruit and vegetable program are:
(1) Increase Children’s Fruit & Vegetable Consumption
(2) Create Healthier Schools
(3) Change Children’s Diets to Impact their Future Health
(4) Promote Wellness
We are so excited to be a part of this program!