Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Schools play a crucial role in the development of children. One way schools can be utilized is by positively influencing the eating habits of students. Poor diet has caused many detrimental effects within our society. In order to address the issue of poor nutritional environments in schools, Harvest of the Month (HOTM), a nutritional program provided through Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), was implemented in a 6th grade class as a pilot program. The program then expanded to 3 more 6th grade classes. Along with implementing the HOTM program, steps to begin a fruit tree orchard were also taken. Statistical data was gathered on the student population as well to analyze the relationship between eating habits, nutritional knowledge and academic achievement. The goal of the project is to improve the school nutritional environment through a holistic approach of knowledge, access and interaction with fresh fruits and vegetables.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Health, Human Services, and Public Policy Department