Children in San Mateo County Are Consuming Less Fruits and Vegetables
Partners across San Mateo County, including Get Healthy SMC partners UC Cooperative Extension, San Mateo County Family Health, and Community Alliance with Family Farmers, will continue to work with local school districts to implement a comprehensive Farm to School program. Farm to School connects school food service programs with local farmers to include local produce in school meals and has been shown to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables. Most recently partners have been collaborating to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables through the school breakfast program. They are conducting taste-testings, providing nutrition education, and even growing them in the school gardens. This comprehensive approach to nutrition education increases the likelihood that students will try new fruits and vegetables at school and even ask for them at home.