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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant 2014-15

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

Date: March 2014

Number: SNP-13-2014

To: Public School Districts, Direct Funded Charter Schools, and County Superintendent of Schools

Attention: Food Service Director, Chief Business Official, and Chief Financial Officer

Reference: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grants 2014–15

Subject: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Opportunities for Elementary Schools (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015)

The California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD), is announcing a grant opportunity for elementary schools to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). This FFVP  grant period is July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015. 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 2014–15 FFVP grant must respond to this request for applications, including both current FFVP grantees (2013–14) 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 Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) 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 2014–15 is expected to total $11.5 million to support the funding of approximately 375 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 to $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

To be eligible for the FFVP, an agency must be a School Food Authority (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 the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to operate the program.

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

To apply and receive an FFVP grant, an SFA must be in good standing in the operation of all other federal Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) (including the NSLP, SBP, etc.). Good standing means an SFA cannot be documented as being seriously deficient in managing any USDA CNP. The SFA cannot have 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). Please refer to the grant application instructions (page 2) for additional information on good standing determination.

New: In accordance with 7 CFR, Section 210.14(b), an SFA shall limit its net cash resources (NCR) to an amount that does not exceed three-months’ average expenditures for its food service account. The NSD may consider an SFA that exceeds their NCR limit, is on a spending plan as part of corrective action, or has a proactive budget agreement ineligible to receive an FFVP grant.

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

Grant Application and Deadline

You can 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 delivery by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. 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 regarding this MB, please contact the FFVP by e-mail at or contact 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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