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Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)

​​​ FFVPbadge.pngThe 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 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.​

Impact:

  • Since the program's inception in FY2009, Georgia has received over $47 million in FFVP funds.
  • In SY22, the Georgia Department of Education received over $5.9 million in FFVP funds.
  • In SY22, the Georgia Department of Education awarded an FFVP Grant to 186 elementary schools in 43 districts, serving 97,655​ students.​

School Eligiblity​:

  • 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 an 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 stud​ents'​ present and future health

Program Resources for Administrators

SY2022 FFVP Operational Guidance
FFVP Infographic​
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
SY2022 FFVP Grantees, School Districts and Schools
SY2022 FFVP Training for Grantees 

​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! It's all here in this zip file​.​​​
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