Program Description: The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides children in participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables. This grant opportunity must be applied for annually. The level of funds provided to any one school depends on the school's enrollment and the available funding provided by the USDA.
Purpose: The purpose of the program is to expand and increase the variety and amount of fruits and vegetables children experience and consume. Combined with nutrition education and a reinforcement of healthful eating habits, the program emphasizes the long-term goals of positively influencing children's life-long eating habits and combating childhood obesity.
Who is Eligible to Apply: Public and non-profit private elementary schools that have 50% or greater of their students receiving free and/or reduced price meals. Schools with the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced price meals will be selected over schools with lower percentages of free and/or reduced price meals.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact:
Kathy Clark, MS, RDN, CD
Public Health Nutritionist
Cindy Loechler, MS, RDN, CD, SNS
Public Health Nutritionist
Application Period: February 23 through April 6, 2015
Pending receipt of funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grants will be available for the 2015-2016 school year. Public and non-profit private elementary schools that have 50% or greater of their students eligible for free and/or reduced price meals are eligible to apply for the FFVP grants. The level of funds provided to any one school depends on the school’s enrollment and the available funding provided by the USDA. Multiple school sites may apply to receive funding; however, separate applications for each site are required.
Funds can be used to:
- Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to be served to all students as a snack during the school day but not during meal periods.
- Purchase non-food items that are necessary to prepare and/or serve the fruit and vegetable snacks.
- Pay for staff time to prepare and serve the fruit and vegetable snacks.
- Pay for administrative labor costs and/or equipment that are necessary to operate the FFVP.
- Application Instructions – please read instructions thoroughly before completing your application.
- Submit Online Application – Applications must be submitted online by Monday, April 6, 2015. No late applications will be accepted.
Participant Agreement Form - Applications are not complete without a signed agreement form.
All grant recipients must complete training regarding the 2014-15 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
- FFVP Training Webcasts:
- Training Webcast Viewing Form - You are encouraged to complete and submit the Training Webcast Form after viewing any or all of the FFVP training webcasts.
Budgets and Claims
- Wisconsin Child Nutrition Program Online Services – log in to access the online budget and claiming system.
- Important Dates
- Employee Time Sheet
- Equipment Justification Form
- Proposed Rule on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, published 2/24/12
- USDA FFVP Toolkit - Provides a variety of resources from state agencies to help you build a successful FFVP
- USDA FFVP Handbook
- USDA Guidance Memos - look here for updates from the USDA on program administration
- Wisconsin Guidance
- Locally Grown, Fresh, Raw, Whole Fruits and Vegetables - Joint memo from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, explaining that there is no licensing requirement for sources of fresh produce. September 2010.
- Procurement Resources
Please visit the FFVP Nutrition Education webpage to access Nutrition Nugget videos, fact sheets, worksheets, games, lesson plans, and more!
- WI State Regulations for Buying Locally Grown Foods - Chapter 4
- Prototype Food Safety Plan: Washing and Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables - Page 31
- Prototype Standard Operating Procedure for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
- USDA/TeamNutrition Fruit, Vegetable and School Garden Safety
- NFSMI Produce Safety Materials
- NFSMI Best Practices for Handling Fresh Produce
- Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) - March 2013
- Additional Grant Opportunities
- Media Permission Slip