The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks within the school day. It is an effective and creative way to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the state and local level for support in implementing and operating the program. The Minnesota Department of Education's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the FFVP through a federal grant. View more information about the FFVP, including a toolkit and handbook, on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.
Schools with the highest enrollment of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals are given priority for participation in the FFVP, based on the school data reported each October. In order to meet eligibility for this program, schools must:
U.S. Department of Agriculture Memos
- Be an elementary school.
- Represent the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced-price benefits (at least 50 percent of enrolled students).
- Participate in the National School Lunch Program.
- Complete the FFVP application (late Winter/early Spring).
Note these key USDA memos on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program: