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Take Action: Support Fruits and Veggies in Schools Leaders like you already know how important it is for young people to eat healthy fruits and vegetables. So I don’t need to give you the usual rundown with all the reasons why it’s important that schools serve produce in schools.

But I did want to give you a heads-up that our friends at the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project are leading an effort to get 5,000 people to write to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in support of its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Check out the letter from project director Jessica Donze Black (a Leader!) below, and be sure to take action:

We all know that what kids eat can have a big impact on their health. That’s why it’s so important for them to have fruit and vegetable snacks at school. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is working to improve its Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides fruits and vegetables as snacks to about 3 million elementary school students in low-income neighborhoods every year.

Our goal is to get 5,000 public comments in to the USDA in the next week to support the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Will you join us?

USDA is working to improve the program but it needs your help. Support this effort by taking action now!

It’s important that we tell USDA we support the program because, well, it works! Students who participate eat more fruits and vegetables each day. Plus, the program also teaches kids about the importance of good nutrition. Improving kids’ dietary habits through programs like this one will help keep them healthy, reducing their risk for childhood obesity and chronic diseases.

We only have until April 24 to tell USDA we support this important program. Can you raise your voice for the health of our kids today?


Jessica Donze Black
Project Director
Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project