The goal of the program is to make a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables accessible to students so they will want to eat and enjoy them more often. 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.
"Eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can improve overall health and prevent the risk of cancer. Students often do not consume enough fruits and vegetables. They not only taste good, but they also contribute to better health because they are low in calories and fat and also high in vitamins, minerals and fiber," said Ruth McDowell, ECPS Director of Child Nutrition.
For more information, contact Ms. McDowell at 252-641-2636.