February 28, 2012

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program – SY2012-2013 Grant Application Due March 15, 2012

The purpose of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). FFVP grant funds are used to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to children at no cost, during the school day outside of the reimbursable meal(s) periods. USDA requires that priority is given to elementary schools with at least 50% free and reduced-price eligibility and our records indicate that at least one school within your district meets these criteria.

We encourage you to carefully review the FFVP information available and to consider submitting an application. The FFVP grant application for school year 2012-2013 is available online at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/pdf/FFVP-grant-applicationSY12-13.pdf. The deadline to apply for FFVP (School Year 2012-2013) is March 15, 2012. A webinar which provides an overview of the FFVP as well as detailed information on the completion of the grant application is available online at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/ffv_program.htm.

FFVP is different from the Department of Defense (DoD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program allocate USDA Foods planned assistance level (pal) monies so that schools may acquire fresh fruits and vegetable to use during the service of reimbursable meals to students (breakfast and lunch).

If you have any questions, please contact our office via email at cnp@isbe.net or via telephone at 800/545-7892.