The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is an annually recurring federal grant offered by the United States Department of Agriculture. This grant is designed for elementary schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program, with priority given to schools with a high percentage of students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
A fresh fruit or vegetable is served as a snack outside of regular school meals and is provided to all students who are enrolled in the schools that are awarded the grant. A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables is served, enabling students to experience new and different healthy snacks.
Any open grant opportunities can be accessed on the Grants page.
Since the program's inception in FY2009, Georgia has received over $60 million in FFVP funds.
In SY23, the Georgia Department of Education received over $6 million in FFVP funds.
Be an elementary school
Participate in the NSLP
Priority given to schools with a minimum of 50% of students eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals
Submit an application annually
The FFVP snack must be served during the instructional day outside of breakfast and lunch periods. Schools with a high percentage of students eligible to receive a free or reduced-price meal and that are in good standing with the State Agency are encouraged to apply. They will be given priority consideration for the program.
Goals of the FFVP:
Expand the variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables that students experience
Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables
Impact students' present and future health
Program Resources for Administrators
USDA Handbook link Please refer to USDA memo SP25-2014 for additional information regarding the purchase of produce directly through DoD Fresh.
USDA Memo SP25-2014
Grant Award Winners
Congratulations to all our FFVP Grant winners! To help you celebrate, we have provided a few marketing pieces including social media posts, a customizable flyer and even a badge to attach to your email signature!
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