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Title:Harvest of the Month
Pub. date: 2005, updated in 2011
Edition: 2nd
Includes: Tool Kit
Audience: Parents, Children, Pre-K - 12th Grade
Language: English, Spanish
Description:Harvest of the Month is a toolkit that provides students hands-on opportunities to explore, taste and learn about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. The overall goal of the toolkit is to provide knowledge-and skill-based strategies that are:
  • Standardized
  • Replicable
  • Cost-effective
  • Convenient

These strategies are designed to motivate and empower students to increase consumption and enjoyment of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables and engage in physical activity every day.

Funding Source: USDA. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Developer: Network For a Healthy California
Organization: California Department of Public Health
Phone: 1-888-328-3483
Length: 12-month program (multiple elements each month)
Assessment instrument Used? No
Use Restrictions: May copy.
Reviewers Comments: The Harvest of the Month program is a series of 12 monthly lessons with the goal of exposing participants to new fruits and vegetable and encouraging them to increase their consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Physical activity is also incorporated into each monthly lesson. Harvest of the Month was developed using the Social Ecological model as a framework. The four key components of each month's lesson are:
  • Educator Newsletters
  • Family Newsletters
  • Menu Slicks- Two-sided hand out with an area for school cafeterias to insert their monthly menus. Each slick includes activities and information on the nutrition and health benefits of the month's fruit/vegetable.
  • Press Releases- Two-page press releases can help to encourage community participation.

Twelve posters are also available to be ordered to provide a visual display of the monthly produce that is featured.

The Harvest of the Month Training Corner page includes many materials that can be downloaded and used for training purposes. The Web Links section of the Harvest of the Month Web site has links to many resources that could complement the program.

View/download files: 
Harvest of the Month site:
Monthly Elements page:
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: Network for a Healthy California
    Mail: 1616 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: 916-449-9140
    Cost: 0.00 per Toolkit
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:Available for free download

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