Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for SY17-18 is now open!


The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for School Year 2017-2018 application is now open in the Arizona Department of Education’s Grants Management System!

The FFVP SY18 application will be open today 03/28/2017 and will close 04/28/2017 at 1:00pm MST.

*Important reminder: there are two separate applications; both Period 1 and Period 2 must be completed.

  1. FFVP Period 1 application has a required draft budget with the $50 per child emphasis, application questions, and contracts sections that must be signed.
  2. FFVP Period 2 application is draft budget only with the $50 per child emphasis.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Sandy Fitzner (602) 542-8741

New Grant Opportunity!! Deadline to apply is April 7

New Grant Opportunity!! Deadline to apply is April 7.

Action For Healthy Kids can provide your school with year-round support and technical assistance for school breakfast programs or physical activity/nutrition initiatives including active recess, nutrition education, school gardens and much more. Visit for more information

Grant Opportunity – School Food Pantry, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance


The St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance (SMFBA) is offering a School Food Pantry Grant for the 2017-2018 school year for schools at or above 95% free and reduced in the following counties:

  • Apache
  • Navajo
  • Coconino
  • Mohave
  • Yavapai
  • La Paz
  • Maricopa

Interested schools must attend a Grant Information webinar on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in order to apply. SMFBA has two webinar times, one at 9:00am and 1:30pm. Please RSVP at Those interested in applying for the School Pantry grant will complete a short survey during the webinar.

What is a School – Based Food Pantry?

The School Pantry program targets school aged children who may be missing meals. This is a grocery based program that provides children 5-18 years of age with free, nutritious food in a safe, accessible and nurturing environment.

School-based pantries are located on the grounds of a school or district office and are intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income students and their families. Sites are commonly in the same location as the as the school’s campus resource center or welcome center.

There is no cost to the school as the grant covers food costs.

ADE encourages eligible directors to attend and share this information with administrators and other support staff who may be interested in this opportunity.

Equipment Grants Available!


Equipment Grants Available!

A second round of equipment grants for small equipment ($<5,000) is now being offered through the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Please visit the Dairy Council of Arizona’s website to get more information. Applications for grants are due by April 28, 2017.


National School Breakfast Week!

March 6-10, 2017 is recognized as National School Breakfast Week!
Please click here to read a “Thank You Letter” from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CACFP – Mandatory New Meal Pattern Training

Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, USDA made the first major changes in the CACFP meals and snacks since the Program’s inception in 1968, which will help ensure children and adults have access to healthy, balanced meals and snacks throughout the day.  CACFP now has New Standards and Updated Meal Patterns which must be implemented by October 1, 2017.  As a result, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Health and Nutrition Services is providing Mandatory CACFP New Standards and Updated Meal Pattern Training Workshops to all participating center and day care home sponsors.  Numerous morning and afternoon training workshops will be held in Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson for your convenience.

This training is available to all qualified entities interested in renewing as a CACFP sponsor next year. Sponsors will not be approved to operate the Program unless they have attended training on the CACFP Updated Meal Pattern.

You may register to attend one of the Updated Meal Pattern Training Workshops through ADE Connect. Select Child and Adult Care Food Program from the Program Area drop down.  Select the green Search box, then change the Calendar View to List View and select your class.  Class sizes are limited; please register for 1 workshop only.  Each participant must be registered under his/her own name and must have his/her own valid email address.

Please do not reserve multiple days and/or times under the same participant name.  All duplicate registrations under the same participant name will be deleted. 


PHOENIX: March 29, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
PHOENIX: March 29, 2017 1:00 PM –   4:00 PM
PHOENIX: March 30, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
PHOENIX: March 30, 2017 1:00 PM –   4:00 PM
TUCSON: April 11, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
TUCSON: April 11, 2017 1:00 PM –   4:00 PM
TUCSON: April 12, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
TUCSON: April 12, 2017 1:00 PM –   4:00 PM
FLAGSTAFF: April 12, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
FLAGSTAFF: April 12, 2017 1:00 PM –   4:00 PM