Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
|Purpose: Beneficial Information|
Public School Districts
|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.
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.
- First participated in July 2008 with $184,101 and funded 24 pilot schools
- Received an additional $2.5 million in October 2008 and funded an additional 107 schools during school year (SY) 2008–09
- Received $5 million in SY 2009–10 and funded 144 school sites
- Received $7.6 million in SY 2010–11 and funded 209 school sites
- Received $10.8 million in SY 2011–12 and funded 315 school sites
- Received $11.2 million in SY 2012-13 and funded 342 school sites
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.
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:
- School districts and county offices of education (COE) are eligible to apply on behalf of their school sites. In addition, the school district or COE may apply on behalf of a direct-funded charter school if the school district or COE operates the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for the direct-funded charter school.
- Direct-funded charter schools that operate their own NSLP are eligible to apply individually.
- Private elementary schools that operate their own NSLP are eligible to apply individually.
- Residential child care institutions that operate their own NSLP are eligible to apply individually if they operate an elementary school during the day.
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:
- Be an elementary school
- Operate the NSLP
- Have 50 percent or more of its students eligible for free and reduced-price meals
- Agree to make free fresh fruits and vegetables available during the school day as a snack to all enrolled children
- Widely publicize the availability of fresh fruit and vegetable snacks within the school
- Have documented support of the 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 CNPs (as defined and noted above). Please refer to the grant application instructions for the grounds under which an agency’s standing may be determined.
Grant Application and Deadline
You may download the grant application package and instructions from the CDE Available Funding Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/af/.
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.