Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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 provides grant funding for the purchase of a fresh fruit or vegetable snack for all students at awarded sites free of charge. This snack is intended as a supplement to but, not be a part of, the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options to Arizona students.
2018-2019 APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS WERE DUE APRIL 6th.
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 authorized the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Pilot in 4 states and 1 Indian Tribal Organization (Zuni, New Mexico). The purpose of the pilot was to determine the best practices for increasing fruit (both fresh and dried) and fresh vegetable consumption in schools. (hard enter) In 2004-2005 school year, 8 Tribal Council schools in Arizona participated in the expanded pilot program.
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.
Selection Criteria 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.
Apply for FFVP
- Applications are available yearly in the Grants Management Enterprise System. Only fully completed applications submitted by the deadline are considered.
- Applications are accessible each Spring for the upcoming school year for eligible sites.
- Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will submit the Period 1 application which includes the eligible site(s) with site details and Period 2 application which is LEA based. Both applications are required for consideration.
- Yearly awards are published on the ADE website.
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The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is included in the General Area of the National School Lunch Program’s Administrative Review process. As such, the review process for FFVP is a two- part process, on-site and off-site. ADE must conduct Administrative Reviews of all sponsors of the NSLP and/or SBP at least once each three-year review cycle. The objectives of the Administrative Review (AR) are to:
- Determine whether program requirements are met
- Provide technical assistance
- Secure any needed corrective action
- Assess fiscal action and, when applicable, recover improperly paid funds.
The off-site portion includes validation of claim for reimbursement for each site selected for review. This includes:
- Receipts and/or invoices to validate the claim
- Documentation for labor expenses
- Determines allowable and unallowable costs
The on-site portion involves observation of the FFVP operation. This includes:
- The FFVP is available to all enrolled children at no cost
- The FFVP is offered during the school day but, outside the meal service times of the NSLP and/or SBP
- The FFVP is widely publicized within the school
- Nutrition Education is incorporated in the FFVP
- All products offered are allowable as defined in the FFVP Handbook for Schools
- Food safety principals are followed in the service of the FFVP
The State Agency will deem the SFA noncompliant if the SFA does not meet program requirements during the review process. The State Agency must issue corrective and fiscal action to bring the SFA into compliance. The State Agency may suspend or terminate the FFVP for repeated failure to meet program requirements.
The State Agency must disallow any portion of a Claim of Reimbursement and recover any payment made to an SFA that was not properly payable according to FFVP requirements.
- FFVP Mini Poster
- FFVP Monthly Claim Directions
- FFVP Program Brochure
- Fruit & Vegetable Fact Sheets
- AZ Health Zone
- Holiday Promotions
- FFVP Handbook for Schools
- USDA Final Evaluation Report
- USDA FFVP Toolkit
- FFVP Fact Sheet Wellness Policy: Promoting Fruits & Vegetables
- National Agriculture in the Classroom
- Team Nutrition
- Team Nutrition- Garden Resources
- Choose MyPlate
- Farm to School
- Seasonal Produce Guide: SNAP-Ed
- MyPlate MyState Arizona
- Fruits and Vegetables Galore
Program expenditures eligible for reimbursement include:
- FRESH fruits and vegetables
- Disposable small supplies such as paper boats, bowls, napkins, etc.
- Direct labor
- Equipment – the Equipment Purchase Request Form is required to be submitted for prior approval from Program Specialist
- Additional costs as outlined in the USDA FFVP Handbook for Schools
- HNS 06 2019: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Applications Available April 1 2019
- SP 25-2014: School Food Authorities (SFAs) Purchasing Produce from U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Vendors Using Section 4 and 11 or Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Funds
- SP 33-2012: FFVP Program Fees in FSMC and Catering Contracts
- SP 08-2011: Teacher Consumption in the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program