I have to admit I only ate in my elementary school cafeteria on pizza day. The mystery meat gave me the heeby geebies and that’s what they seemed to serve every other day. Well now there’s a new great program that is introducing children to the world of…wait for it….fruits and vegetables!
Yep your mom always said eat your fruit and veggies, and now your child’s school may be able to say the same thing.
The New Jersey department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The Garden State is one of many states participating in the program.
It’s open to any elementary school where 50% or more of students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
The fruit and vegetable program exposes kids to new, healthy foods and helps increase their consumption of these nutrient rich foods.
This current school year has been the first year where schools from NJ participated with 33 schools taking part. Other states are also already on board and more are joining in every year.
The catch is only one school from each district can apply.
The deadline is quickly approaching.
In NJ for more information go to http://www.nj.gov/agriculture and click on the link that says fresh fruit and vegetable program. In other states search your state’s agriculture department website.