Fresh Fruit / Vegetable Program

Four  schools are participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the school year. These schools include:Troy Howard Middle School , Nickerson, East Belfast School, and Captain Albert Stevens Elementary Schools.

All schools are funded through the Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition Services and the USDA, provides resources to purchase a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables during the school day.  The goal of the program is to:

  • Create a healthier school environment by providing healthier food choices
  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
  • Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

Through this program, students receive a healthy snack three to five times a week. Items have included: roasted sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, pineapple, baked apples, vegetable soup, local apples, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and squash to name a few.

Schools have a “grab 'n go” type program where students can access produce every day.

Local chefs are welcome to participate in the program. The Belfast Coop plans to partner with the Nickerson School four times during the school year to lead snack preparation.

Education is a key component of the program. Students receive information ranging from the origin of the vegetable or fruit to fun facts about the items being served. Waldo County Cooperative Extension works with the School Health Coordinator to provide nutritional education to the students.

To learn more about the program, become a guest chef  or volunteer, contact Perley Martin, RSU 71 Food Service Director at (207) 338-3320 Ext: 301 or email: pmartin@rsu71.org.


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Check out the cool fruit and vegetable fact sheets below to learn about the produce we served in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program.