Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides all children in participating Seattle Public Elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Create healthier school environments 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

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is typically funded by a federal grant awarded to Washington State by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the 2018-2019 school year, the federal grant could only fund the program at six Seattle elementary schools. Using new funds from Seattle's Sweetened Beverage Tax, City of Seattle is working with Seattle Public Schools to offer the program to all schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for free/reduced price meals. This effort will expand the program to an additional 19 elementary schools serving 7,000 students. For more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, visit: