Fruit and Vegetable ProgramFruit and Vegetable Program

Make at least half of your plate Fruits and Vegetables

The NC State Board of Education has voted and approved Graham Elementary and James Love Elementary to participate in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the 2019-2020 school year.
Congratulations to Graham and James Love for being selected to participate in this healthy opportunity for elementary school students.

School Nutrition Services has implemented a fresh fruit and vegetable program to provide students with a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools and it has proven successful in introducing students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will help to keep you healthy in so many ways. Try and choose more vegetables and fruits at home. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red.

School meals include fruits and vegetables with every serving and most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don’t count. Go for a variety of types and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Some  of the best choices are dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that’s a rich yellow, orange, or red color.

Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and none have cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is clear: they help to reduce risk for heart disease, they may help to protect against certain types of cancers, reduce the risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

What is the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program?
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