The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating school with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.
The goals of the FFVP are:
• Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
• Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
• Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
• Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health
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 children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.