(Aug. 28) The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Florida Department of Education have teamed up in a campaign designed to get the state’s elementary school students to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Fresh-2-U program, which is funded by a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, begins in September and targets 1.2 million students in grades one through five.

It encourages young people to try 20 fresh produce products during the school year, or two per month, with the goal of eventually eating five or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day, as recommended by the Produce For Better Health Foundation.

The majority of the program cost goes for report cards that students will use to log their progress. In addition, lunchroom posters will promote each month’s featured produce products, music videos will be shown to promote good nutrition and food safety, school lunch menus will include more fresh vegetables and fruit, and several school cafeterias will add salad bars.

Students and their parents are also encouraged to make visits to grocery store produce departments and try fresh items in meals at home.

The program includes the participation of the state’s top grocery retailers — Albertsons, Kash n’ Karry, Publix, Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie — which have agreed to display shelf cards identifying each month’s featured fresh fruits and vegetables.