MomsRising, a non-profit dedicated to the health and well-being of children and their families, is petitioning the FDA to expand the reach of its Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Program in public schools. The program is an essential movement towards eliminating the garbage served as lunch-food. Most contracts for school lunch programs are awarded to fast-food chains, like Taco Bell, or food-processing conglomerates, like Kraft, Inc. Either, way the food procured by these companies are nutrient-deficient and dead-on-arrival.
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) of the USDA helps elementary schools replace junk food snacks with fruits and vegetables. And it works! Students who currently participate in the program consume, on average, an extra quarter cup of fruits and vegetables. That’s a great start but we need more schools to join the program. And the USDA can promote it, so that more children have healthy options.–momsrising.org