It’s that time of year again where students are dashing to the lunch line in hopes to see the return of some of their favorite fresh food items in addition to new ones! Fruit and Veggie Week is a component of Eat Fresh RPS, an initiative that empowers Richmond Public School students to consume fresh foods and to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
Our mission for Fruit and Veggie Week is to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables each day of the week, and to encourage students to continually taste fresh items from their school salad bars. Twice a year, Fit4Kids hosts a fruit and veggie week to promote healthy eating for Richmond Public School students. This movement provides students with the opportunity to sample quality food items that can fuel their brains for better learning back in the classroom. It also provides them the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables!
During our spring Fruit and Veggie Week, held March 13-17, 2017, we were able to engage students throughout the community by serving fresh, vibrant fruits and vegetables to over 6,000 students in 19 Richmond Public Schools – all thanks to our amazing volunteers, including Mayor Levar Stoney! We were able to distribute over 30,800 samples of fresh: grapes, blueberries, radishes, chickpeas, and edamame! All of which are featured on our garden patch salad bars for students to color and accessorize their trays! With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we were able to encourage students to be bold, and try new foods!
We would like to express our gratitude to the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation for sponsoring this event, the cafeteria staff, volunteers, school personnel, and all who continue to help us make a difference in the Richmond community! Each year we are able to grow and we hope to continue the movement – promoting healthy eating for our children!
To learn more about volunteering at upcoming Fruit and Veggie Weeks, please email Kayla-Brooke Dransfield at firstname.lastname@example.org.