Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is an important tool in the USDA’s efforts to combat childhood obesity. The program has been successful in introducing elementary school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample. This program is designed to further educate students on nutrition and the importance of fresh produce as part of a well-balanced diet. The goal of this program is to introduce students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options while, at the same time, promoting a healthy and nutritious diet. Each week, classrooms in participating schools are delivered different fresh produce items. Students get the opportunity to taste the food while they watch an informational video or handout. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program has been implemented at all of the elementary schools in the district, with each school receiving a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables two to three times a week. Through this program, the Utica City School District hopes to not only broaden students' nutritional knowledge, but make a long-lasting positive impact on their health and well-being.