National 5 A Day Month - September 2003
Did you know you should eat at least five servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day? According to the National Cancer Institute, about 70 percent of American adults and children do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Since it was first published in 1992, the Food Guide Pyramid developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has recommended between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily. The goal of National 5 A Day Month is to promote these recommendations. The 5 A Day For Better Health program is a year-round, wide-scale partnership between the U.S. government and the fruit and vegetable industry, aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, and educating Americans about the health benefits of eating the recommended daily amount of colorful fruits and vegetables. As National 5 A Day Month is celebrated in September, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting some of the benefit programs available to help you and your family eat a balanced diet.

To learn more about the 5 A Day Program, including recipes, shopping tips, information about portion sizes, and details about the National 5 A Day Partnership, visit www.5aday.gov, and www.5aday.org. For more information on the Food Guide Pyramid visit www.usda.gov/cnpp/pyramid.html

  • Commodity Food and Nutrition Program

  • The goals of the Community Food and Nutrition Program are: 1) To coordinate private and public food assistance resources to better serve the food and nutrition needs of low-income populations 2) To assist low-income communities to identify potential sponsors of child nutrition programs in undeserved or unserved areas 3) To develop innovative approaches at the State and Local level to meet the nutrition needs of low-income individuals, including displaced workers, elderly people, children, and the working poor and other low-income individuals. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=861

  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program

  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women, other new mothers up to one year postpartum, infants, children up to age six, and elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods and providing basic nutrition education. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=358

  • WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program

  • The Farmers' Market Nutrition Program exists: 1) To provide fresh, nutritious unprepared produce (such as fruits and vegetables) to WIC participants from farmers' markets 2) To expand the awareness and use of farmers' markets and increase sales at such markets. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=370