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Nutrition Policy

Only one in 10 Americans meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption. Federal nutrition programs – which have broad reach across every state and community – play a pivotal role in helping Americans achieve the goal of making half their plate fruits and vegetables.

United Fresh is the voice of the fresh produce industry in shaping nutrition policy in Washington, DC. Whether its schools meals, WIC, the SNAP program or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – United Fresh is at the forefront of making half the plate fruits and vegetables. For specific policy positions, please visit our nutrition section.                         

Take a look at our recent policy statements, positions and other calls to action.

 

United Fresh Nutrition Issue Brief

School Meals

Fruit and vegetable serving requirements ensure that kids receive a wide variety of produce and are provided in portions appropriate to meeting daily DGA recommendations. 

We urge Congress to:

  • Maintain the current serving requirements for fruits and vegetables, including serving size and color subgroups for breakfast and lunch that ensure a wide variety of produce. 
  • Increase commodity assistance for breakfast to help ensure schools have access to more fresh fruits and vegetables. 
  • Continue to fund the USDA School Kitchen Equipment grants to help schools access much needed school kitchen equipment. 

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Nearly 7,600 elementary schools, serving 4 million students, participate in the FFVP that provides students with a free fresh fruit or vegetable snack every day. 

We urge Congress to:

  • Ensure FFVP serves only fresh fruits and vegetables, as consistent with the program’s origin and current policy.

Women, Infant and Children's Program (WIC)

More than 7 million low-income pregnant or breastfeeding women, their infants and young children participate in WIC, which provides a targeted food package consistent with the dietary needs of those specific populations. 

We urge Congress to: 

  • Increase WIC fruit and vegetable voucher allocations to the level supported in 2017 recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences. 

Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP represents the nation’s largest nutrition safety net program, providing nearly 40 million Americans – about half of whom are women and children – with benefits to purchase food and beverages. 

We urge Congress to: 

  • Increase FINI funding to serve more participants. 
  • Prioritize incentive programs that provide year-round access and convenient hours for consumers and ensuring incentives can only be used for fruits and vegetables. 
  • Elevate SNAP to not only be a successful food security program, but a nutrition program, by investing and implementing research, retail and benefit strategies that improve nutrition for SNAP consumers, including increased consumption of fruits and vegetables.