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The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program that provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. The goal of the FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, including new and different varieties as healthy snack options, and increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce. The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education.
The FFVP is a grant program. Schools with the highest free and reduced-price enrollment will be given priority for participation in the FFVP. Schools with at least 50% free and reduced-price students, participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and are elementary schools or buildings with elementary students are eligible applicants. Building sites with elementary students that also contain students in grades 7 and higher may apply but must ensure that ONLY K-6 grade students receive the FFVP snacks. Sites not eligible to apply include high schools, middle schools with grades 7, 8 and/or 9 only, and pre-K only buildings.