The Arizona Department of Education administers the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the state of Arizona. The FFVP is a grant that provides funding for the purchase of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day to all students in awarded schools. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options to Arizona students.
The goal of the FFVP is to:
- Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
- Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
- Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
- Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.
Schools must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the FFVP:
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Schools must comply with federal and state guidelines for operating the program.
- Be an elementary school. The definition of an elementary school is any school that serves lunch to students in grades Preschool through 8.
- Have 50 percent or more of its students eligible for free or reduced price meals. The highest priority is given to schools with the highest percentage of low-income students to the maximum extent practicable.
- Submit an application for each site that is interested in participating.
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