Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition

Community Gardens
Community gardens provide much needed access to fruits and vegetables and the skills for residents to grown their own. Check out The Garden Project, the Detroit Agricultural Network or Growing Hope to learn more.

Farm to School
There is a lot of farm to school activity in Michigan both at a state and local level. Check out this National Farm to School site to learn more about what is happening in Michigan.

Free Fruit and Vegetable Program
USDA’s program to provide free fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks during the school day to 25 schools each year.

Fruit and Vegetable Bookbag
The Eat Healthy. Play Hard. Read More. Family Bookbag is a complete educational resource that provides students in grades K-2 and their families with an opportunity to have fun reading together while learning about eating fruits and vegetables.

Michigan Farmers’ Market Association
The Farmers’ Market Association’s mission is to become a central resource for the consumers, growers and market managers of Michigan Farmers’ Markets.

Michigan Nutrition Network
The Michigan Nutrition Network fosters multidisciplinary, community-based, public-private collaboration to build and strengthen alliances focused on nutrition (through fruit and vegetable consumption) and physical activity.

National 5 A Day Initiative
The 5 A Day Initiative is a national initiative to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables by all Americans. This site provides information regarding the importance of consuming fruits and vegetables, as well as recipes, serving sizes, resources and tools. Eating more fruits and vegetables a day will promote good health and reduce the risk of many cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other chronic diseases.

Project FRESH
Project FRESH is an educational program providing participants with coupons to purchase locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ market.

School Gardens
School gardens improve the health and academics of children by establishing their relationship to food through the use of gardens. Visit Mixed Greens (hyperlink to to learn more.

State Nutrition Action Plan
The goal of Michigan’s State Nutrition Action Plan (MI-SNAP) is to encourage partnerships and collaborative interventions between nutrition assistance programs and other related groups such as public health programs, health care providers, schools, faith-based groups, and/or other community organizations in prevention efforts targeted at overweight and obesity specifically through such things as fruit and vegetable consumption.

To learn more about the Michigan Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition efforts, please contact your state Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Coordinator at 517-335-8374.