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Increase the proportion of students who eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day, from 4.4 percent to 6.6 percent. One serving is defined as:

  • 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables;
  • 2 cups of raw leafy greens;
  • 1 cup of fruit; or
  • 1/2 cup of dried fruit.

Why is healthy eating important for UC Merced students?

  • Improves energy, concentration and focus
  • Improves quality of learning in the classroom

What are the H.E.R.O.E.S. doing?

To promote fruit and vegetable consumption, the H.E.R.O.E.S. have created the following programs:

  • Merced Produce Map identifies locations in Merced where students can purchase fruits and vegetables. The map includes hours of operation, accessibility using CatTracks, price comparisons and payment options.
  • Cooking and nutrition videos demonstrate some quick recipes. Check out some of the videos here.
  • Harvest of the Month is a collaboration with the dining center to feature one seasonal fruit or vegetable every month. We are working with Merced County to link our Harvest of the Month outreach with similar programs in the area.
  • Helping students enroll for CalFresh with one-on-one appointments. CalFresh is a program that can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores. Sign up here!

Other Resources

Harvard's Healthy Eating Plate: A great resource to learn more about creating balanced meals.

Healthing Eating Plate graphic

Produce on the Go: A van that visits UC Merced every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and sells fresh, local produce at a reduced cost. The van is parked outside the Social Sciences and Management Building.


Produce on the Go truck making delivery

Food Pantry: A food assistance program that offers free food to students, staff and faculty memebrs and community members in need. The distribution takes place the third Friday of every month at the Merced Tri-College Center (at Merced College). Sign up by the second Friday of each month.

UC Merced Food Pantry logo

Campus Meal Planning Tool: This tool is designed to help students living on campus budget their meal plans throughout the semester, so they do not run out of money before the semester is over.

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