Fresh fruit, veggie snacks for students

Parents can rest easy knowing their elementary student is at least trying one new fresh snack each day thanks to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) available in all eight elementary schools.

The FFVP provides all children in participating schools 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.

This is the second year all eight elementary schools have participated, but the program started in 2011 in McDowell County at Eastfield Global Magnet School.

The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the state and local level for support in implementing and operating the program. The goal of the FFVP is to 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 and 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 school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.