HARVEST OF THE MONTH (HOTM) PROGRAM INFORMATION
The goals of the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program are to increase the consumption of fruits and
vegetables in school-age children, to motivate students to make healthy choices, and to allow students
to taste and explore the different fruits and vegetables featured each month. About 200,000 LAUSD
students and almost 7,000 teachers, school nurses, and other school personnel participate in the
Harvest of the Month, tasting almost 200 tons of produce this past year alone! It has been a powerful
nutrition education tool that is having a positive impact on the health and education of the students in
the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Participating schools at the Network for a Healthy California—LAUSD are supported in their use of the
Harvest of the Month in a variety of ways. At our web site, www.healthylausd.net, participants will find a
wealth of HOTM information and tools to promote nutrition education in the classroom.
The Monthly Schedule details in pictures and words the produce that will arrive in the
classroom each month.
The Directions for Ordering page explains the simple process to insure the delivery of the
produce at your school.
The Newsletter is a crucial, easy to read, curricular link for both parents and educators.
The Videos provide useful demonstrations on how to use the monthly produce in the classroom
and how to use the HOTM “starter kit” to bring the calendar recipes to life.
Through the cooperation of educators, food service workers and parents, the Harvest of the Month is
planting the seeds of dietary change.
Here’s how it works and how it has changed
Every month, the Lead Teacher (LT) and the Food Service Worker (FSW) at participating schools will
be sent a Harvest of the Month packet about the next month’s delivery of produce. In it will be a
Harvest of the Month Produce Receipt form (formerly the Harvest of the Month Produce Order
form), the Harvest of the Month newsletters, and the Harvest of the Month Parent insert. Produce will
no longer be ordered from the school sites. Every participant who signed the Intent to Participate will
automatically receive produce each month. There will even be a case of produce for the parent center
representative to use for tasting and sampling. Each school will be on a predetermined, regular delivery
schedule. When the produce arrives, the (FSW) will receive it and inform the (LT) to distribute it to the
participating teachers for nutrition education in the classroom. The LT will obtain signatures from the
participants on the Harvest of the Month Produce Receipt Form as the produce is disseminated. The
LT, not the FSW, will then fax this completed form to the Network office at 818-609-2580 to satisfy state
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