It’s one thing to keep a close eye on the things kids eat while at home – but what about the foods they ingest during the school week? For many of today’s students, the food they eat at school makes up a considerable portion of their overall nutritional intake, and can also play a key role in helping them form lifelong healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Sadly, many of the options readily available at American schools miss the mark when it comes to nutritional value. That’s why more and more schools are taking a farm-focused approach when it comes to feeding their students, and fruit delivery for schools is one such available program.
Farm-to-School programs like those offered through the Fruit Guys, or programs that involve the delivery of farm-fresh local produce to nearby educational institutions, are becoming more and more popular across the United States, particularly as the obesity epidemic and a general lack of physical activity among young people become increasingly prevalent issues. Each week, representatives from participating pre-k through high schools choose from an abundance of different fresh fruits and options (including numerous organic varieties) from nearby farms to be delivered to their schools. Orders change from week to week, so that school administrators can ensure that students have a broad variety of fresh produce to sample and savor each month. From apples and avocados and blueberries and broccoli, the options for farm-fresh fruit and vegetable delivery are virtually limitless.
The Educational Component
Not only is having fresh fruit and vegetables delivered to schools a great way to help keep kids on track throughout the school day, but these programs also play an instrumental role in helping students form lifelong healthy eating habits. When a school signs on with a Farm-to-School program, they receive an assortment of complimentary educational resources, such as posters for cafeterias and common areas, classroom calendars full of seasonal nutritional information, nutritional assemblies and fliers, and distribution materials in both English and Spanish, among other health-focused handouts and goodies.
The Sustainable Component
While having fresh fruit delivered directly to schools is a tasty way to teach students about the importance of healthy eating habits, it also provides an opportunity to teach them about shopping locally and exercising sustainable business practices. The fresh fruits and vegetables delivered to schools all come from area farms that follow sustainable practices, which helps student gain a stronger awareness and understanding as to the role agriculture plays in our society.
While it’s virtually impossible to monitor everything a student eats throughout the school day, knowing that healthy options are available can help parents sleep better at night. Students who eat healthily throughout the school day not only feel less exhausted and have longer attention spans, but are also far more likely to adopt healthy, lifelong eating habits.