The USDA claimed fruits and vegetables in schools will become more visible and available to children. Tom Vilsack said a bill, backed by the Obama administration, will tackle the issue of providing fruits and vegetables in school.
In the “Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), USDA will expand assistance to state agencies for schools operating USDAÂ’sÂ Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2011/2012 school year.”
This is good news on all fronts. Children need better nutrition in their schools. Providing a plentiful supply of healthy choices will help them learn to enjoy an apple instead ofÂ a bag of chips.
Along with a plentiful supply of fruits and veggies, children will also be exposed to a variety of produce. In a school setting, children are more likely to try out a new fruit or vegetable if they see their peers interested and willing to give it a shot.
Let’s hope this program can continue for many more school years to come. The USDA has made a great choice with serving more fruits and vegetables in schools.