This school year your child will participate in a grant from the USDA called the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). This program encourages children to enjoy the great taste and health benefits of eating plenty of fruits and veggies each day as a part of a lower-fat, higher fiber eating style.
According to the USDA, the goals of the FFVP are to:
- Create healthier school environments by providinghealthier food choices.
- Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables that children experience.
- Increase children’s fruit and vegetableconsumption.
- Make a difference in children’s diets toimpact their present and future health.
Starting the first week in October, School Nutrition will provide your child fresh fruit and vegetable snacks accompanied by brief nutrition education lessons taught by their classroom teacher.
You can support your child’s efforts to increase his/her fruit and veggie consumption in many ways throughout the year. For example:
- Take your child grocery shopping. Regularly let him/ her assist in selecting a new fruit or veggie to try. This could be a fresh, frozen, canned or dried item.
- Give your child options! Let him/her choose which veggie to serve at dinner some nights.
- Keep fruits and veggies where kids can see them, like on counter tops.
- Send fruits, 100% fruit or veggie juice, or veggies to school when snacks are requested for parties or special events.
- Seek out a Farmers’ Market in your area and take your child.
- Be a role model! If your child sees you eating fruits and veggies regularly, he or she will be more likely to eat them.
Please make every attempt to encourage your child to be adventurous and try new fruits and vegetables in this program! Please call me at 414-475-8031 if you have any questions.
Thank you for helping your child be healthier,
Jessica Kowalewski, RD, CD, Field Supervisor, FFVP Grant Coordinator
Division of School Nutrition Services
Milwaukee Public Schools