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Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)

​​​​​​The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a Federal grant for elementary schools with very high percentages of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  A fresh fruit or fresh vegetable is served as a snack between breakfast and lunch or lunch and the end of the school day to all students in the schools that receive grants.  A wide variety of fruits and vegetables are served for students to experience new and different items for which they may be unfamiliar.

Information about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program:

  • In SY 2020 Georgia has 184 elementary schools in 44 SFAs serving approximately 97,900 students
  • The total allocation of Federal funds distributed to local school systems for this SY is over 4.9 million dollars
  • The annual application is distributed to SNP Administrators in February each school year to apply to receive the grant the following school year

Schools eligible to apply must:

  • Be an elementary school
  • Participate in the NSLP
  • Have a minimum of 50% of their enrollment eligible to receive free and
    reduced-price meals
  • Submit the application annually

The FFVP snack must be served during the instructional day outside of breakfast and lunch periods Schools with very high enrollments of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals that are in good standing with the SA are encouraged to apply.  They will be considered first for this opportunity before schools with lower percentages of free and reduce-price eligible students.

Goals of the FFVP are:

  • Expand the variety of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables that students experience
  • Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by students in schools
  • Impact students present and future health

Program Resources for Administrators

USDA FFVP Fact Sheet
USDA Handbook
Promoting FFVP Suggestions
SY2020 FFVP Grantees, School Districts and Schools
SY2020 FFVP Training for Grantees
Production Record
Timesheet Prototype
Budget Worksheet