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FFVP Education and Outreach

Thank you for connecting your school with Minnesota farmers who grow fresh fruits and vegetables. This section provides tools and resources to help educate students, their families, and school staff about the nutritional benefits and availability of Minnesota-grown produce through USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.


The Fruit and Vegetable Snack Bites are designed to be read by teachers or students during snack time when a local fruit or vegetable is offered. The Snack Bites include information about how and where the fruit or vegetable was grown and fun facts to engage students. These short messages can also be

  1. Read by the principal or students at the start of the day during morning announcements.
  2. Used on the school menu.
  3. Posted to the website.
  4. Included in school newsletters.

Browse all SnackBites.

Tasting Lesson

Tasting lessons offer students the opportunity to try a new fruit or vegetable using all their senses. Each tasting lesson will increase student exposure to locally grown fruits and vegetables and promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables at school and at home.

Repeated opportunities to taste and eat new and familiar foods are required to increase acceptance and intake. Some say that classroom and cafeteria taste testings create positive peer pressure. If your friend is willing to try the rutabaga, why wouldn’t you? Classroom and cafeteria taste tests encourage students to eat local, nutritious foods in a supportive environment.

Who can lead a taste testing? 

Anyone — teachers, parents, foodservice staff, students, community members, and SNAP-Ed Educators can all lead a taste testing.

Who are SNAP-Ed Educators? 

SNAP-Ed Educators  from the University of Minnesota Extension’s SNAP Education program teach students and families the information and skills to maintain healthy diets. SEEs partner with Minnesota schools at no cost to lead taste testings and other fun, hands-on nutrition education classes.

Sample Fruit and Vegetable Taste Testing (124 K PDF)

Classroom Activities

Teachers and educators — check out this list of worksheets and short lessons that connect food, agriculture and health for your elementary classroom. These short activities vary by subject and length.

Family Newsletter

Family Newsletters help reinforce student experiences in the classroom. Students can influence their family to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. Family Newsletters provide helpful tips for eating more fruits and vegetables, take home challenges and an assortment of tasty, simple recipes.
For additional Family Newsletters that highlight a particular fruit or vegetable, visit the Farm to School Toolkit [under review].

Family Tools

We all have a role to play in helping our kids learn how to make healthy choices. This section contains activities and handouts for families. While the short activities help families get their hands dirty in the soil or kitchen, the handouts provide tips to make healthy choices, easy choices.


Teacher Letter

The intention of the teacher letter is to engage school staff and encourage them to be good role models for eating fruits and vegetables, especially Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables. The teacher letter also describes their role in offering fruit and vegetable snacks and offers suggestions for incorporating the fruit/vegetable snack into their daily curriculum. Consider having the school principal and food service director send the letter: Sample Teacher Letter


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