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.
The Mandatory Yearly FFVP Online Training for SY 2019-2020 is now available under the Training tab below.
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 once a year (in the spring) in the Grants Management Enterprise (GME) system for the upcoming school year.
- Refer to the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program application within Grants Management Enterprise (GME) for the application deadline and program operation dates for the upcoming school year.
- Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to submit one site-based application which includes the eligible sites(s) with site details.
- Only fully completed applications submitted by the deadline are considered.
- The sites awarded funds for each program year are published on the ADE website.
- Need assistance with the Grants Management Enterprise (GME) system? Click here.
- FFVP Award List SY 16-17
- FFVP Award List SY 17-18
- FFVP Award List SY 18-19
- FFVP Award List SY 19-20 – NEW!
BRAVOcado! FFVP Excellence Award
New for SY 2019-2020: BRAVOcado! will recognize schools that are going above-and-beyond to operate an exceptional FFVP. This is a site-based award that is open to all sites participating in FFVP for the current program year. The award application will be included as a section of the Completion Report (CR) within GME. To be eligible for a BRAVOcado!, the FFVP CR must be submitted no later than August 1, 2020. All sites that meet the following criteria will receive a BRAVOcado!:
- Serve at least 15 unique fruit varieties and 15 unique vegetable varieties throughout the program year
- Serve FFVP more than 2 times per week on average
- Provide nutrition education more than 1 time per week on average
- Serve local produce at least once per month
- Establish at least 1 site-level and 1 outside partnership
- Utilize at least 95% of the total fund allocation during the program year
- Have no major findings on the FFVP portion of the most recent Administrative Review (AR)
- Share at least one student letter/picture of support for FFVP
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
The Buy American Provision requirement in the National School Lunch Program (as provided in 7 CFR 210.21(d)) applies to purchases made with FFVP funds. Please refer to the Buy American Recorded Webinar, Webinar Slides, and FAQ for additional information. The Buy American Exception Form is available for your use to help with proper documentation when use of domestic foods is truly not practicable.
- 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.
- 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
Upcoming FFVP Trainings
- SY19-20 FFVP Monthly Webinar Series – This webinar series is required for SY2019-2020 FFVP grantees.
Past FFVP Trainings
- Mandatory Yearly FFVP Online Training
SY 2019-2020 FFVP Training Modules & SY 2019-2020 FFVP Training Quiz
The Mandatory Yearly FFVP Online Training must be completed by the primary contact for each LEA awarded the FFVP grant for SY 2019-2020. To complete the training, you must review the FFVP Handbook For Schools, complete the SY 2019-2020 FFVP Training Modules, and then complete and submit the SY 2019-2020 FFVP Training Quiz to [email protected]. You will be required to achieve a score of 100% on the quiz (multiple attempts allowed) in order to satisfy this training requirement. Please contact Jessa Zuck at 602-542-8790 or [email protected] with questions.
- SY19-20 FFVP Monthly Webinar Series – This webinar series is intended for FFVP grantees operating the program during school year 2019-2020. If you are an FFVP grantee for school year 2019-2020 and would like to receive a training certificate for having viewed one or more of the recorded webinars below, please email Jessa Zuck at [email protected].
- Nutrition Education for Your Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
This webinar will provide guidance on how to best meet the nutrition education requirement of the FFVP including finding quality resources, developing nutrition education materials, and leveraging partnerships.
- Building a Service Plan for Your Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) (revised 5/7/19)
Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
This webinar will take you step-by-step through building a service plan for your FFVP to meet program requirements. Creation of your service plan will aid in determining how to best allocate funds within your budget.
- Revised Overview of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for School Year 2019-2020
Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
This webinar will preview the application requirements for operating the FFVP during school year 2019-2020 and highlight important changes from past program years.
- SY18-19 FFVP Monthly Webinar Series – This webinar series is intended for FFVP grantees operating the program during school year 2018-2019. If you are an FFVP grantee for school year 2018-2019 and would like to receive a training certificate for having viewed one or more of the recorded webinars below, please email Jessa Zuck at [email protected].
- June 11, 2019 – Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
- May 7, 2019 – Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
- April 9, 2019 – Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
- March 12, 2019 – Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
- February 12, 2019 – Recorded Webinar & Webinar Slides
- January 15, 2019 – Webinar Slides
- December 11, 2018 – Webinar Slides
- November 13, 2018– Webinar Slides
- October 9, 2018 – Webinar Slides
- August 14, 2018 – Webinar Slides
ADE Nutrition Education Resources
- Apples: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Blueberries: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Broccoli: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Carrots: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Celery: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Grapes: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Oranges: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
- Tomatoes: Lesson Plan, Handout, Presentation Slides
Additional topics COMING SOON!
Other Nutrition Education Resources
- USDA Team Nutrition: Resources for Schools
- Snap-Ed Seasonal Produce Guides
- Harvest for Healthy Kids
- Produce for Better Health Foundation
- FruitsandVeggies.org: have a plant
- Cooking Matters
- Nourish Interactive
- National Agriculture in the Classroom
- FDA Health Educator’s Nutrition Toolkit
- MyPlate MyState Arizona
- Arizona Farm Bureau
- AZ Harvest of the Season
- ADE Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets
- South Dakota Harvest of the Month
- Fruit & Vegetable Fact Sheets (Nebraska Extension)
- Pick a better snack Lessons (Iowa Department of Public Health)
- Harvest of the Month (California Department of Public Health)
- FFVP Local Purchase Tracker
- FFVP Mini Poster
- FFVP Monthly Claim Directions
- FFVP Program Brochure
- AZ Health Zone
- Celebration Days
- FFVP Letter for Teachers Sample
- FFVP SOP Template
- Handling Fresh Produce in Schools
- Food Safety Guidance
- Food Safe Schools: Creating a Culture of Food Safety
- Produce Safety Fact Sheets Institute of Child Nutrition
Service Plan Tools