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Free fresh produce bags for children in January

FFVP banner The MPS Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program has been a hit with families! The Department of Nutrition Services is extending the program. The theme for 2021 is Healthy Habits for the New Year.

Free weekly produce bags are available on Thursdays at MPS Stop, Grab, and Go locations. All children age 18 and under can receive a bag. Pick up your bags and join the fun!

Weekly themes are designed to help families cook together, enjoy new foods, and learn more about nutrients that are essential for good health, growth, and learning. Each produce bag has been specially selected to provide healthy fresh fruits and vegetables along with nutrition facts and recipes. Cooking videos are available on the MPS YouTube page.

Themes for January 2021


January 7: Make it Smart! How to Set Realistic, Effective Health Goals

Recipe: Garden Vegetable Soup with Blood Orange and Champagne Mango

Produce Items: Blood orange, carrots, champagne mango, garlic, green beans, green cabbage, yellow onion, zucchini

Recipes and Nutrition Facts 
Watch the how to video at:

January 14: Better Body Image

Recipe: Curry House Cauliflower, Raita Cucumber Salad, and Red Bananas with Cardamom

Produce Items: Cauliflower, cilantro, cucumber, ginger, lime, red banana, serrano chilis, turmeric, Yukon gold potatoes

Recipes and Nutrition Facts 
Watch the how to video at:

January 21: The Dynamic Duo: Nutrition and Exercise
Recipe: Portobello Mushroom Burgers with Side Salad, Kumquat, and Tamarind

Produce Items: Garlic, kumquats, lemon, portobello mushrooms, spring mix, tamarind pods

Recipes and Nutrition Facts 
Watch the how to video at:

January 28: Fuel Your Body, Power Your Mind
Recipe: Winter Fruit Salad and Jicama with Lime

Produce Items: Clementine, D’Anjou pear, Granny Smith apple, jicama, kiwi, lemon, limes, McIntosh apple, pomegranate, Red Anjou pears


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