With the vision of the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division The Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: A Centerpiece of a Healthy School Environment Trainings (FFVCHSE) began in 2009. Since that time training partners have trained over 4,000 school personell working to create healthy school food systems across California.
By bringing together school food service directors and staff, educators, community partners, and produce growers/distributors we strive to share resources and make connections that will lead to increased consumption of California grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
Through the years funding for FFVCHSE trainings has come from USDA Team Nutrition Grants, The California Department of Education - Nutrition Services Division, and California Department of Food and Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants.
2011 Fall: Bakersfield - Fresno - Hayward - Los Angeles - San Francisco - Ukiah
2011 Spring: Chico - Glendale - Merced - San Marcos - San Jose - San Luis Obispo - San Rafael - Ventura - Woodland
2010 Fall: Chico - Glendale - Merced - San Marcos - San Jose - San Luis Obispo - San Rafael - Ventura - Woodland
2010 Spring: Davis - Downey - Fresno - Hayward - Redding - Rialto - Salinas - San Diego - Santa Ana - Santa Rosa
2009 Fall: Davis - Downey - Fresno - Hayward - Redding - Rialto - Salinas - San Diego - Santa Ana - Santa Rosa
Pilot Workshops for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grantees:
2009 Fall: Davis - Santa Cruz - San Marino
2009 Spring: Davis - Santa Cruz - San Marino
Since 2009 the following organizations have served as lead training partners. In addition to lead training partners we have relied upon school food service consultants to share their expertise. Some of our consultants school districts are highlighted on our farm to school district profile page.