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YISD kicks off Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at four schools

The Ysleta Independent School District (YISD) will once again offer a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2019-20 school year at four campuses.

Capistrano, Cedar Grove, Constance Hulbert, and North Loop elementary schools were awarded more than $100,000 by the Texas Department of Agriculture to purchase fruits and vegetables for the program, which is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service and falls under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

District officials announced the return of the program earlier this week, adding that the program is an “effort to promote healthier eating habits and improve overall student well-being,”

The program kicked off for the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday at the four campuses, which will serve students fresh fruits and vegetables at various times during the school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May 28, 2020.

The goal of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children.

FFVP is consistent with and supports the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s recommendations to provide healthier snack choices in schools.

The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education. To learn more, visit the FFVP webpage.