Directors; Principals; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Directors
The Fresh Fruit
and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA) program which provides reimbursement for fresh fruits and fresh
vegetables served free to elementary students during the school day, outside
the lunch and breakfast meals.
NOTE: The fresh fruits and fresh vegetables served
as part of this program may not be served before or after school and may not be
served at regular student meal periods.
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) is
accepting applications from elementary schools that want to participate in the
FFVP for School Year (SY) 2022-2023– pending
approval of federal funding.
be considered for this program, each elementary school in the district that
desires the program must submit a completed application. The application must be received by CNU no
later than 4:30 pm on Friday, May 13, 2022. Applications must be emailed.
Submit (Scan and
email w/ required signatures) applications to:
applicants, completing an application will continue funding for SY 22-23 if
the school is an elementary school (K-8), has a 50% or greater free/reduced
(F/R) percentage, submitted a complete application, and does not have any significant
issues that would constitute ineligibility.
For new applicants, completing an
application does not guarantee funding for SY 22-23. Funding will be based on the
school’s F/R percentage, a complete application, and remaining funding after
renewal schools have received their grant award.
When planning to submit an application, please keep the
following in mind:
- Applications must be emailed with “APPLICATION” in the subject line.
- Late and incomplete applications will be disqualified.
- Applications without required signatures will be disqualified.
- Applications will not be returned.
- Keep a copy of the application with original signatures for your files.
- Please note on your application if the district will be following a non-traditional calendar year.
Goals of the FFVP are
- Must have 50% or more of the school’s students eligible for free/reduced price meals.
- Be chosen based on the percentage of free/reduced price students with the highest priority given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students, to the maximum extent practicable.
Note: Schools/districts with major audit or
administrative review findings related to the child nutrition programs will be
This grant is for the period October 1, 2022,
to September 30, 2023. The level of funding provided is based on October 1, 2021,
official school enrollment at a level ranging between $50-75 per student (as
defined annually by CNU). Funding is contingent upon receipt of federal funds
by the CNU from USDA.
Use of funds
Funds are to be used primarily to purchase, prepare, and distribute fresh
fruits and fresh vegetables that will be made available at no charge to all
students in the school at times other than lunch and/or breakfast. The program
should be structured so that the maximum benefits go to children. Selected
schools will submit a monthly FFVP Claim for Reimbursement to CNU as well as
necessary supporting documentation of expenses.
from this grant include:
- fresh fruits and fresh vegetables
- ·non-food supplies required to implement the program (such as napkins, paper plates, etc.)
- labor expenses for staff preparing, serving and cleaning up
- Up to 10% of the school's grant award may be used to pay minimal administrative costs including documented expenses for planning and managing the paperwork required by the program and/or purchasing the produce, supplies, and equipment necessary to implement the program
may not be used for promotional activities, to supplement the lunch or
breakfast program, for nutrition education materials and/or activities, or for
indirect or other administrative costs.
Expectations of participating schools
Because USDA is required to submit reports to Congress, FFVP schools will be
expected to cooperate in any evaluations and be able to provide information
about participation, purchases, costs and other information. A district’s Child
Nutrition Agreement will be amended to reflect any schools in the district that
are selected to participate in the FFVP program.
How to apply:
- Read the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Handbook, dated December 2010 (Attachment C).Review grant requirements and “best practices” within the USDA Handbook for FFVP implementation ideas.
- Complete an Arkansas Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application SY 2022-2023 (Attachment A) for each elementary school applying for the program.Use the Instructions for Completing the Arkansas Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application (Attachment B) for guidance.
- Email completed applications to CNU by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Incomplete or late
applications will not be considered. Applications without required signatures
will not be considered.
13, 2022: Deadline
for CNU to receive applications
of Schools Awarded Grants for SY 2022-2023
FFVP Training for ALL SY 2022-2023 FFVP Schools. Date will be announced at
a later time.
any questions, please contact Louann Griswood, Accounting Coordinator.
Please consider taking part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program as another
way to help students develop lifelong healthful eating habits.