The Arizona Department of Education is pleased to announce the grant award recipients for the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for school year 2013-2014. ADE received over 200 FFVP applications and were pleased to see so many schools interested in the program. Grant selections were given to elementary schools with the highest percentage of low-income students to the maximum extent practicable. Arizona received approximately $3.31 million from USDA to distribute to the grant recipients.
The FFVP provides funding to Arizona schools for the purpose of providing a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to their students during the school day. The goals of the FFVP are to create healthier school environments by providing better food choices and to make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health. This includes expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables that students experience, while increasing their fruit and vegetable consumption.
To see the list of awarded schools, please visit the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program webpage at: www.azed.gov/health-nutrition/fresh-fruit-program/.
For questions regarding the FFVP, please contact Jennifer Gordon at (602) 542-8704 or Jennifer.Gordon@azed.gov.