Harvest of the Month provides materials for students, families, and the community to engage in opportunities to explore, taste, and learn about the importance of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables and being active every day. The program highlights a specific crop each month and provides resources for collaboration among many partners and stakeholders, including educators, school nutrition staff, school administrators, students, parents, farmers, retail outlets, worksites, SNAP offices, after-school programs, and more. The goal is to help the community learn the value of eating seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Harvest of the Month features ready-to-go tools and resources that can be used in diverse applications to support healthy eating and daily physical activity. These tools and resources can be used in a variety of settings, including in:
Schools, daycare, and afterschool programs
- Retail food stores and farmers’ markets
- Health clinics
- Food banks
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offices
- Farm-to-fork programs and other venues for agriculture and nutrition education
All Harvest of the Month resources are based on the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The guidelines are supported by extensive research that shows eating a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables and getting at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day can help children maintain a healthy weight and lower their risk for serious health problems. Studies also show that eating nutrient-rich foods like fruits and vegetables can help students do better in school through improved learning, behavior, and attendance.