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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

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FFVP During Unanticipated School Closures Related to COVID-19
Elementary schools operating the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program may provide additional fresh fruit and vegetables to students alongside SFSP meals until June 30, 2020. Iowa recently received a USDA waiver to allow parents/guardians to pick up FFVP snacks. ​Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during COVID-19: USDA Memorandum 

FFVP Annual Grant Application 

The Iowa Department of Education will soon be accepting applications from elementary schools for the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program for SY 2020-2021. Elementary schools having 50 percent or more of their enrolled students’ eligible for free or reduced-price meals are selected based on an annual application with priority given to schools with the highest free and reduced-price populations. A letter and invitation to apply will be sent to all eligible elementary schools once the opportunity becomes available. 

What is the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program?

The FFVP is a grant opportunity for schools to provide children with free fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.

The goal of the FFVP is to:

  • Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices.
  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience.
  • Increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Make a difference in children’s diet to impact their present and future health.

This program helps teach students where fruits and vegetables come from and allows them to try some they may not have heard about before! This is one great way for schools to help combat childhood obesity by teaching children healthful eating habits.

According to federal regulations, the school selection criteria to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is as follows:

  • Only elementary schools can participate
  • Each interested school must submit an approvable application for participation annually
  • Highest priority must be given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students to the maximum extent practicable

The FFVP is a grant schools can apply for. The grant is used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to serve during the school day, but not as part of breakfast or lunch. Each school receives between $50 and $75 per student to fund the program throughout the school year. Schools may use the FFVP grant to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and to cover operational and administrative expenses.

2019-2020 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Schools

Click on the map below to go to an interactive map highlighting all of the schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2019-20 school year.

Fruit and Vegetable Program Map

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Participants - Listing of Iowa elementary schools participating during the 2019-20 school year.

Communication Resources

Sample FFVP Article -  Use this template to promote the FFVP at your school through family newsletters or posting information on the school's webpage. 

Pick-a-Better Snack Family Newsletters - Can be shared electronically with families as a resource to provide healthy eating, activity ideas, and smart shopping tips.

FFVP Handbook

This is the December, 2010 edition of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and is based on Section 19 of the National School Lunch Act.

Fruit and Vegetable Taste Testing Resources

A collection of resources to assist with taste testing of fruits and vegetables that include: fact sheets, sample announcements, handwashing reminders, and sample classroom food tasting standard operating procedure.

Additional Resources

Choose MyPlate
Evaluation of the FFVP: Report to Congress
Fruits and Vegetables Galore
Produce For Better Health Foundation
USDA School Food and Produce Safety
USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Policy

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 02, 2020 at 4:28pm.