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Nebraska Fresh Fruit and Vegeatble Program for Schools

Program Description-

The Nebraska Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children and staff in participating schools with a
variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an eff ective and creative way of introducing fresh
fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

Participating schools in LPS include Elliott, Lakeview, Prescott and Lincoln High.  Schools are given materials and resources to promote fresh fruits and vegetables through classroom
lessons, activities, food service and community partnerships. By increasing fresh fruit and vegetable eating opportunities
and promoting consumption, students and staff are supported to improve their diets during the school day.


How It Works-

• Nebraska elementary schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for free or
reduced-price meals are eligible to participate.
• Eligible schools complete an annual application to participate.
• Select schools agree to off er free fresh fruits and vegetables to students during the school day.
Program Goals:
• Create a healthier school environment by providing healthier foods choices
• Expand the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables children experience
• Increase children’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption

• Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.


Almost Everyone Needs to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. To get the amount that's recommended, most people need to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables they currently eat every day. How Many Fruits and Vegetables Do You Need?

Fruits and Vegetables Can Protect Your Health
Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.

Image of a woman with fruits and vegetables

Whole Foods or Supplements?
Nutrients should come primarily from foods. Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain not only the vitamins and minerals that are often found in supplements, but also other naturally occurring substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases.

For some people, fortified foods or supplements can be helpful in getting the nutrients their bodies need. A fortified food contains a nutrient in an amount greater than what is typically found in that food.





Image of a woman measuring her waistFruits and Vegetables and Weight Management
Substituting fruits and vegetables for higher-calorie foods can be part of a weight loss strategy. Read more on CDC's page How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight.

Fruits and Vegetables on the Go!
Busy lives can benefit from food that's nutritious, yet easy to eat on-the-go, like fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are a natural source of energy and give the body many nutrients you need to keep going.

A Row of fruits and vegetables

The Colors of Health
Fruits and vegetables come in terrific colors and flavors, but their real beauty lies in what's inside. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of many vitamins, minerals and other natural substances that may help protect you from chronic diseases.

To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly.

graphic of different colorsView a chart that lists specific nutrients and tells you how these nutrients contribute to good health. You can also find out which fruits and vegetables are good and excellent sources of these nutrients.

What Counts as a Cup?

One cup refers to a common measuring cup (the kind used in recipes). In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or 100% vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be considered as 1 cup from the vegetable group. One cup of fruit or 100% fruit juice, or ½ cup of dried fruit can be considered as 1 cup from the fruit group.

The chart below shows simple ways to enjoy fruits and vegetable throughout the day, with corresponding cup amounts. Click here to see more examples of what counts as 1 cup or 1/2 cup of fruits and vegetables.


1 cup

1/2 cup

Small apple Bowl of cereal with bananas

1 small apple

1 small banana


1 cup

1/2 cup

Salad Baby carrots

1 cup of lettuce* and
1/2 cup of other vegetables

6 baby carrots


1 cup

1/2 cup

Dinner with sweet potato and green beans Grapes

1/2 large sweet potato and
1/2 cup of green beans

16 grapes

*1 cup of lettuce counts as 1/2 cup of vegetables

In addition to fruits and vegetables, a healthful diet also includes whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts, and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars.

Handouts to help you increase your fruit and vegetable consumption:

For additional information visit the Fruits and Veggies, More Matters Website at

Published: November 6, 2008, Updated: April 7, 2010