Allow more Fruits and Vegetables of All Forms to be Served in Government Sponsored Nutrition Programs
Repeated food science studies prove that the nutritional value of canned, frozen and dried fruits and vegetables meet and often exceed nutritional content of similar fresh produce. The American Fruit and Vegetable Coalition promotes inclusion of processed fruits and vegetables in school lunch programs, the School Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (snack), WIC, food stamps and other government sponsored food assistance efforts. Processed foods are economical alternatives to the spoilage and high cost of fresh produce. Processed food products offer the greatest efficiencies to tax sponsored food assistance. Canned and frozen foods afford important labor savings to school cafeteria staffs. AFVPGC strongly urges strengthening the School Snack Program by revising its rules to permit schools access to all nutritionally appropriate fruits and vegetables. Studies show that kids who are offered canned, dried or frozen fruits and vegetables consume more. Canned, frozen and dried alternatives are far more affordable than their fresh counterparts. Ten dollars of canned product buys you 23 servings as opposed to only 15 in fresh.