(July 9) There is money set aside in a Senate fiscal year 2008 appropriations bill for the federal campaign to promote fruits and vegetables, according to Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee finalized its fiscal year 2008 appropriations bill in late June, boosting funds by $3 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity.

In addition, for the first time, DiSogra said the committee set aside $1 million of the $3 million for the federal campaign to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. That effort, formerly known as 5 a Day, is now the Fruits & Veggies — More Matters campaign. While the $1 million doesn’t fund the Produce for Better Health Foundation, it would help the CDC promote the message.

However, DiSogra cautioned there is considerable work ahead in the appropriations process, and she noted President Bush has threatened to veto appropriations bills that overspend.

“Right now there isn’t any budget at all for any efforts related to fruits and vegetables,” she said. “If we could get $1 million at the end of all this, it would be huge.”

The committee with the same authority in the House of Representatives may also have money for the federal fruit and vegetable program, but the language is not yet clear in that bill, she said.