Do you know what jicama is? Or how pineapples grow? If you ask a student who participates in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), chances are they’ll be able to tell you. This successful federal program provides daily fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to more than 3 million elementary students, increasing their intake of fresh produce and providing important nutrition education.
However, despite the effectiveness of the FFVP and its popularity among students, teachers, food service staff, administrators, and parents alike, the program faces significant threats in the U.S. House of Representatives as Congress works to pass the 2012 Farm Bill. Proposals include slashing funding for the program by 1/3 and allowing other types of snacks to be served through the program.
With votes planned soon, we must speak-up now to urge the House to follow the Senate’s lead and protect the funding and integrity of the FFVP for our kids’ health!