Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Conway Public Schools Food Service Department has implemented a fresh fruit and vegetable program to provide students with a wide variety of healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools, and it has proven successful in introducing students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.
This program serves fresh fruits and vegetables to all students at Florence Mattison, Ida Burns, and Theodore Jones twice a week.
Items we have served this school year includes cantaloupe, honeydew melon, pineapple, green apple slices, cucumbers, watermelon, and zucchini sticks.
Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and none have cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits are clear: they help to reduce the risk for heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes; and they may help to protect against certain types of cancers.