Students Ask for and Recieve More Fresh Produce


High school students in the tenth largest school district in the United States, the Orange Country Public School district in Florida, have taken initiative and requested more fresh produce in the cafeteria. And they got it!

The initiative was inspired by Oak Ridge High School student school-based organization Youth 4 Change. The students met with the district’s Food and Nutrition Services staff and school officials to address their desire to have more fresh produce menu selections.

“It is very encouraging when students really do want to eat their fruits and vegetables, as do the students of Oak Ridge High School. In Florida, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fresh produce from Florida farmers to meet the demand of school districts, such as Orange County Public Schools,” said Robin Safley, director of the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness.