Fruits & Veggies - Every Day the Tasty Way!

Eat at least 5 servings (and up to 9) of fruits and veggies each day.
Help kids learn "More Matters"!

Boys holding veggies
Platte County boys pick healthy veggies at the grocery store

Activity Idea: An Access and Feasibility Project with Local Produce
   
Source: adapted from HKC's Explore MyPlate with School Nutrition booklet
Description: Kids learn to advocate to others about how healthy eating enhances personal health and wellness
Grade: 6-8
Supplies:
  • None

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Directions:

  1. Have the class (or Youth Advisory Council) research the availability of locally grown produce and feasibility of including in the school meal program. Ask the kids to provide a brief written report with their findings. (Provide guidance and ask that the report include what produce items are available; seasonal issues; costs-including comparison costs to currently purchased produce used on the school menus; delivery issues; storage needs; preparation requirements; marketing these items to the student body; and menu ideas. Include school nutrition staff as a research source.)
  2. Use the research results to help determine if locally grown produce is realistic for your school meal program. If so, is there a current district policy allowing the purchase and use of locally grown produce in the school meal program? Is there a a school garden and is produce used for school meals?
  3. If no policies exist, work with the class to create proposed policies and present to the school administration and school board. Use the research report summary as supporting information.
  4. Conduct a taste test with kids and staff to try some of the most feasible locally grown produce items that might be included on the cafeteria menus. Use positive feedback as further information for the report.
  5. If local produce items are added to the menus, market and name them on the menu to reflect the change. For example, if the school's mascot is the Eagles, name the locally grown apples, "Eagles Choice Apples".

This activity is found on page 115 in the Explore MyPlate with School Nutrition booklet. For more activity ideas like the one above, check out HKC resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.