Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

fruit and veggiesThe Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides children in qualifying elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables. This competitive grant 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.

Within the MPSD

Jefferson and Franklin Elementary Schools qualified for the 2020-2021 School Year FFVP Grant.  The program is implemented in September and continues until funds are depleted.  Fresh Fruits and Vegetables will be served at those schools in the afternoon in their classrooms every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday that school is in session.

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