TK: The USDA also refers to a positive evaluation report of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
From the proposed rule:
An interim evaluation report was delivered to Congress in September.\1\ That report finds that students consume an additional \1/4\ cup of fruits and vegetables, on average, on days when the program is operating. That is nearly 15 percent higher than average fruit and vegetable consumption of children in non-FFVP schools. In addition, the report finds no statistically significant increase in total calorie consumption by program participants. That finding suggests that fruits and vegetables are replacing other foods in the diets of participating children, rather than adding excess calories. The report is available on the FNS Web site at http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/MENU/Published/CNP/cnp.htm.