Only one in 10 Americans meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption. Federal nutrition policy plays a pivotal role in helping Americans address barriers to consumption goals. We support ensuring all federal nutrition programs align with the government’s own fruit and vegetable serving recommendations (as included in the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans).
- Support children’s access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, WIC, and SNAP.
- Secure a permanent place for fresh produce in USDA’s purchasing and distribution programs for those in need.
- Create a new urgency to revamp federal feeding programs such as SNAP to focus on dietary quality.
Our Legislative Positions:
Fresh Produce in Federal Purchasing Programs
- Expand the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to all elementary schools that qualify under the Community Eligibility Provision.
- Apply a Cash Value Benefit for fruits and vegetables to Summer and Pandemic EBT (all EBT for kids).
- Allow schools and other sites that participate in existing USDA child nutrition programs to distribute USDA Emergency foods.
- Ensure all children can access healthy meals at no charge to the student.
- Make USDA School Kitchen Equipment Grants permanent.
- Permanently increase the Cash Value Benefit for fruits and vegetables to the levels consistent with the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the 2017 recommendations from the National Academy of Sciences.
- Expand WIC benefits to age 6.
- Make dietary quality a core SNAP objective
- Invest and implement strategies to increase access to fruits and vegetables, including a benefit participants can spend on the fruits and vegetables of their choice.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization
- Pass the Fresh Produce Procurement Reform Act (H.R. 5309)