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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants 2013-14

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Beneficial Information

To: Public School Districts
Direct Funded Charter Schools
County Superintendents of Schools

Number: NSD-SNP-10-2013
Attention: Food Service Director
Chief Business Official
Chief Financial Officer
Date: March 2013
Subject: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Opportunities for Elementary Schools (July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014)
Reference: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grants 2013–14

The California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD), announces a grant opportunity for elementary schools to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). This FFVP grant period is July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the FFVP at the federal level, and the NSD administers the FFVP in California.

All eligible agencies (please see the Grant Eligibility section for more information) interested in receiving a 2013–14 FFVP grant must respond to this request for applications, including both current FFVP grantees (2012–13), and new applicants.

The purpose of the FFVP is to provide all children in a participating elementary school with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks throughout the school day as a supplement to (and not part of) the school breakfast and school lunch programs, and to teach students about good nutrition. The FFVP also encourages schools to partner with other entities in the community to support their program efforts.

Program History

The FFVP began as a pilot project authorized by Congress in 2002. The pilot provided funds to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables in four states. The purpose of the pilot was to determine the best practices for increasing fruit and vegetable consumption.

The success of the pilot led to the enactment of legislation in 2004 to expand the FFVP and to make it a permanent program under the National School Lunch Act. In May 2008, Congress permanently authorized the FFVP nationwide and provided a significant funding increase each year.


California’s FFVP funding for SY 2013–14 is expected to total $11.5 million to support the funding of approximately 350 schools. The NSD will provide funding for these grants as long as funds are available, and will award grants on a reimbursement basis. Grant awards will be based on student enrollment and range from $50–$75 per student per school. As required by federal law, the NSD will choose schools based on their percentage of free and reduced-price students, with priority given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students, to the maximum extent practicable. However, the NSD may select a school with a lower percentage of free and reduced-price 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.

Grant Eligibility

The eligible agencies will be referred to as School Food Authorities (SFA). According to Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Section 210.2, an SFA is defined as “the governing body which is responsible for the administration of one or more schools; and has the legal authority to operate the Program therein or be otherwise approved by FNS to operate the Program.”

The following are considered SFAs and are eligible to apply for an FFVP grant:

An SFA must be in good standing with the operation of all other child nutrition programs (CNP) (including the NSLP, School Breakfast Program, etc.) to be eligible to receive an FFVP grant. This means that an SFA has not been documented as being deficient in managing any USDA CNP, or that an SFA has no outstanding administrative or program findings documenting violations of the requirements of any CNP (7 CFR, sections 211.10(c), 226.6(c)(3)(ii), 225.11(c), and 210.24; and the USDA FFVP Handbook for Schools, December 2010, pages 4–5).

To be selected for an FFVP grant, a school must meet the following minimum criteria:

Grant Application and Deadline

You may download the grant application package and instructions from the CDE Available Funding Web page at

The NSD must receive an original grant application package from the SFA, by mail or hand delivered, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. The NSD will not process incomplete, illegible, or late applications. Copies, faxed, or e-mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Contact Information
If you have questions, please contact the FFVP by e-mail at, or contact at Isabelle Le, Program Specialist, by phone at 916-322-4792, or Elizabeth Moreno, Nutrition Education Consultant, by phone at 916-324-9749.
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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