An array of fruits and vegetables

Expanding Students’ Produce Palates One Fruit and Vegetable at a Time…!

Salisbury Elementary School was awarded the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant for School Year 2019-20!  The foods being sampled are showcased on the “Farm Stand” board located in the café.

September 24, 2019 was the start of students at SES being exposed to a variety of healthy fresh fruit and vegetables in school as a result of this FFVP grant.  Small samples are passed out to the classrooms twice a week along with “Food Facts” explaining what the food is, where it comes from, and health benefits of eating it.  Some of the foods being sampled are not typically part of the School Breakfast or School Lunch Programs due to the cost.  To date, SES students have sampled peaches, corn on the cob, kumquats, colorful cherry tomatoes, golden kiwi, celery, blueberries, cauliflower, Asian pears, beets, honeydew melon, and colorful carrots.  Looking ahead to November, they will try red and purple plums, butternut squash, green grapes, red peppers, dragon fruit, kale and apples.  Students, parents, and staff feel this program has been quite a success!  Going to the produce section of the grocery store or farmer markets has a whole new meaning.  Students are now able to identify the many foods they are exposed to in school as a result of this program making it not only tasty but educational.  This grant also complements our Wellness Policy in creating an environment that promotes healthy eating and overall well-being.  Many of the foods are being procured from local MA farms making this program a win-win for everyone!

Monthly menus and fact sheets are posted on the district website under “Food Services; Menus & Memos.”

Happy Munching!  ~ Lucinda Ward, MEd, RD, SNS, Director of Food & Nutrition Services