Millions of children in the largest school districts of the U.S. will get extra fresh fruits and vegetables, plus information on cooking, farming as part of Fresh Attitude Week, celebrated by the Urban School Food Alliance May 6 to 10.
The annual event is for U.S. school districts in the alliance, along with schools in France and Hungary, to raise awareness about fresh fruits and vegetables in schools, according to a news release. It’s a collaboration with the French Department of Agriculture in partnership with Interfel, the French Inter-Branch Association of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables that created Fresh Attitude Week.
“Encouraging young people to eat fresh fruits and vegetables early in life enables them to develop healthy habits that can continue on to adulthood,” alliance executive director Katie Wilson said in the release.
Alliance districts — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Dade, Orange County/Orlando, Broward County/Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston — have upped fresh produce consumption among nearly 3.3 million students during this event in previous years, according to the release.
Alliance districts will participate in these ways:
- highlight seasonal produce during breakfast and lunch;
- feature salads with new vegetables;
- perform chef cooking demonstrations; and
- host local farmers.