Schools of Orlando and Miami-Dade celebrate "Fresh Attitude Week"
Urban School Food Alliance, in partnership with Interfel (French Inter-Branch of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables) and in collaboration with the French Department of Agriculture, highlights fresh fruits and vegetables in school for better health, May 18-22
For the first time in America, The Alliance will feature fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals and encourage students to make healthy choices.
Together, the 6 districts in the Alliance ( New-York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami-Dade, Orlando and Dallas) purchase nearly $70 million worth of fruits and vegetables a year, locally sourced when possible. The purpose of these actions is to educate students about food by making fresh produce accessible, but also to introduce them to new food.
Last fall, members of the Alliance were invited by the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry to visit France to observe how the French government promote food awareness and healthy eating in schools. The goal is to strengthen the food culture of France for the future generations.
During the Fresh Attitude Weeks, different activities will be conducted in schools such as for instance hosting local farmers to educate students about where food comes from or by introducing regional flavors and vegetarian choices.
This event has been celebrated for more than 10 years in France and is now about to be introduced in the U.S school system. The Alliance procures more than $550 million in food and food supplies annually and currently provide close to 2.6 million meals daily.