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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant

Grants to California School Food Authorities
to Provide Healthy, Free Snacks to Students

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California Department of Education (CDE) - Nutrition Services Division

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03/05/21 4:00 PM


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Grants to California school food authorities on behalf of elementary schools to provide students with fresh produce outside of mealtime. Priority will be given to schools with the highest percentages of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals to the maximum extent practicable.

The goal of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is to improve healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices and to:

  • Expand the fruits and vegetables children experience
  • Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Make a difference in children’s diets to affect their present and future health

The program is seen as an important catalyst for change in efforts to combat childhood obesity and by helping children learn more healthful eating habits.

Grant Program Requirements:

Grantees have the flexibility to develop their own implementation plan and choose the type of produce, number of days a week, and times during the day to provide the free fresh fruit or vegetable snacks to their students. Grantees are also encouraged to develop partnerships to help implement the program, such as with local universities, extension services, farmers markets, and local growers and grocers.

Grantees are required to adhere to the following:

  • Make free fresh fruits and vegetables available during the school day as a snack to all enrolled children outside of NSLP and SBP operation
  • Offer the FFVP snack a minimum of three times per week
  • Offer nutrition education at least one time per week as part of the FFVP
  • Follow all food safety requirements and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point guidance
  • Widely publicize the availability of fresh fruit and vegetable snacks within the school
  • Implement the FFVP in accordance with the USDA guidelines.

In the event that student instruction and food service adaptations, as well as related USDA child nutrition program waivers for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are still in effect for SY 2021–22, the CDE NSD will adjust FFVP implementation accordingly. This may include supporting distance learning and self-guided nutrition education opportunities, as well as parent pick-up, bundled distribution, and allowances for distribution at alternate non-FFVP sites. 

For more information, see the Guidelines ( and the FFVP Program Handbook for Schools in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168676

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards are based on student enrollment and range from $50 to $75 per student per school.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the FFVP, an agency must be a school food authority (SFA). To receive a grant, the SFAs must apply on behalf of their elementary schools.

The following are considered SFAs and are eligible to apply for an FFVP grant:
- School districts and county offices of education on behalf of their elementary school sites
- Direct-funded charter elementary schools
- Private elementary schools participating in the NSLP if 50 percent or more of their students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals
- Residential child care institutions operating an elementary school during the day and participating in the NSLP

To receive an FFVP grant, a school must meet the following minimum criteria:

- Be an elementary school. An elementary school is defined as:
A school that contains one or more grades pre-kindergarten to fourth, and no grade higher than eighth
A school that contains one or more grades fifth to sixth only
An elementary school includes the following grade spans:
Pre-K–K, Pre-K–1, Pre-K–2, Pre-K–3, Pre-K–4, Pre-K–5, Pre-K–6, Pre-K–7, Pre-K–8
1–1, 1–2, 1–3, 1–4, 1–5, 1–6, 1–7, 1–8
2–2, 2–3, 2–4, 2–5, 2–6, 2–7, 2–8
3–3, 3–4, 3–5, 3–6, 3–7, 3–8
4–4, 4–5, 4–6, 4–7
5–5, 5–6
- Operate the NSLP
- Have 50 percent or more of the student enrollment eligible for free and reduced-price meals—priority is given to SFAs with the highest percentage
- Provide an implementation plan describing the snack service time and frequency, nutrition education, and collaborative partnerships
- Have documented support of the school food service manager, principal, and district superintendent
- Submit a grant application package by the deadline
- Be in good standing with the operation of all other federal child nutrition programs (CNP)

Good standing means an SFA cannot be documented as having an open serious deficiency in its operation of the Child and Adult Care Food Program or the Summer Food Service Program and cannot have an active reimbursement hold in the School Nutrition Program related to nonsubmission of or unacceptable corrective action documentation (7 CFR, sections 226.6[c][3][iii], 225.11[c], and 210.24 respectively). For more information, see here:

Per federal law, schools are chosen based on their percentage of F/RP students with the highest priority given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students to the maximum extent practicable. However, the CDE may select a school with a lower percentage of F/RP enrollment over a school with a higher percentage to either manage the per student allocation requirements of $50 to $75, or if there are significant concerns about a school's ability to properly implement and operate the FFVP.

Unallowable items:
- Processed or preserved fruits and vegetables (i.e., canned, frozen, vacuum-packed, or dried)
- Fruit leather or jellied fruit
- Dips for fruit or cottage cheese
- Fruit or vegetable juice
- Smoothies
- Trail mixes or nuts
- Fruit/vegetable pizza
- Fruit that has been injected with flavorings
- Carbonated fruit
- Most nonfood items, except those allowed under supplies and administrative operational costs

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Date Application Available: January 8, 2021
- Due Date: Friday, March 5, 2021, no later than 4 p.m.
- Expected Notification Date: June 18, 2021

All eligible SFAs must submit a separate online application for each elementary school interested in applying for the 2021–22 FFVP grant. This includes both current FFVP grantees (2020–21) and new applicants. The CDE NSD requests that you continue to apply for each school site as if they will be operating in person for SY 2021–22.

Grants will be awarded on a reimbursement basis.

California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program:

Application Instructions:

Funding Profile:

Training Videos:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Program contact:
Jennifer Kuo, Nutrition Education Assistant

Fiscal contact and downloading questions:
Christina Volkoff-Shoemaker, Program Analyst

Nutrition Services Division
Phone: 916-445-0850
Fax: 916-319-0122

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California

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