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Fruits and Vegetables Program

Eight elementary and one middle schools are participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the school year. School include: Captain Albert Stevens, Edna Drinkwater, Ames, Gladys Weymouth, Kermit Nickerson, East Belfast School, Searsport Elementary, Stockton Springs and Searsport Middle School. The grant funded program though the Maine Department of Education Child Nutrition Services and the USDA provides funds 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

Two to three times a week students receive a healthy snack. 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. Once a week, a class will assume the roll as Junior Chef to prepare the snack for the entire school under the guidance of the site coordinator. Larger schools have a grab 'n go type program where students can access produce everyday. Once a month a class is chosen as the Junior Chef to prepare 

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 chef guest or volunteer, contact Linda Hartkopf, School Health Coordinator at 338-3320 ext:137 or email: lhartkopf@rsu20.org