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

OSE's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program builds on the model created by the US Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. In the 2018-2019 school year, federal funding supported the program at six Seattle elementary schools. Using funds from Seattle's Sweetened Beverage Tax, OSE partners with Seattle Public Schools to offer the program to all schools with high rates of students eligible for free/reduced price meals. This effort will expand the program to an additional 19 elementary schools serving 6,800 students. For more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, visit: