Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Overview

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides grant money to sponsors for nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables offered to students in selected low-income elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It offers a healthy snack for children outside the normal lunch period.

Schools must apply for this competitive grant and expenses will only be reimbursed up to the school’s total award amount. The grant has been successful in introducing school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS)

Qualifying/Applying

Sponsors of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) may apply annually for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The application review process gives priority to schools representing the highest percent of students certified for free and reduced-price benefits program.

To be selected a school must:

  • be an elementary school
  • complete the annual application in March
  • participate in the NSLP
  • represent the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced price benefits

If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Haberkern at (801) 538-7562 or via e-mail at leslie.haberkern@schools.utah.gov.  

Training

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Utah Education Network (UEN) 

Please contact the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for all training requests and access to UEN courses.

Forms and Resources

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) provides many program resources to assist program sponsors.

Reimbursement Rates

Reimbursement for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is similar to other Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs).  Awarded schools submit a monthly claim and supporting documentation verifying purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables served at no cost to students during the school day.

Claims for reimbursement and supporting documentation for this program are due to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) no later than the fourth working day of each month.

Policy

In coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.

Policy Memorandum: New Bulletin Distribution Explanation
A quick tutorial on how our office structures and distributes policy.

Highlighted USDA/FNS Policy Bulletins/Memorandums

The following policy bulletins/memorandums provide urgent or highly requested content:

For all other related policy information, please refer to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) National School Lunch Program (NSLP).