Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program
- Lorin Schwartz, M L King Elementary School
- Access to Healthy Foods, Success with Funds
The M.L. King Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program was implemented in late August 2015. The goal of our program was to introduce our students to new and different fresh fruits and vegetables and to increase their consumption as a part of a lower-fat, high fiber diet. The program provided free, fresh fruits and raw veggie samplings to all of our students during the school day twice a week outside of breakfast and lunch times. Many of the items were new, different and unusual to the students. The fresh, raw fruits and vegetables served were all in their natural state without any flavor additives. Containers were delivered to the classroom and distributed to the students by the teacher while including information and a nutritional education component regarding the fruit/veggie sampling. Our students have become acquainted with and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to taste many new fresh fruits and vegetables and learn about their health benefits. We feel that this program has been a great success and hope to implement it again for the 2016/2017 school year.