The California Department of Education (CDE), through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), will grant funds to eligible elementary school sites to provide students 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 encourages schools to partner with other entities in the community to support their efforts.
Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies
|Required Eligibility Criteria
||According to 7 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 210.2, public school districts, county offices of education, direct-funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions who are School Food Authorities are eligible to apply on behalf of elementary school sites that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Applicants must submit a grant application package by the due date. An eligible school site MUST: (1) be an elementary school (see Background link below for definition), (2) participate in the NSLP, (3) have 50 percent or more of its students eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals, (4) provide fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, (5) agree to make free fresh fruits and vegetables available to all enrolled children, (6) widely publicize within the school the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and (7) have documented support of the food service manager, principal, and district superintendent.
|Other Eligibility Considerations
||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 free/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.
|Eligible Grade Level(s)
Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
|Eligible Age Level(s)