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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division, 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 during the school day as a supplement to, and not part of, the school breakfast and 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.


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria According to Title 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; (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 or director, 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 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.
Eligible Grade Level(s) Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Budget Act Item Number 6100-201-0890, Schedule (1)
Source / Type Federal / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2020-21
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 5370 / 8220
Total Available $12,000,000
Recipient Amount Various
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula The amount of the individual school grant will depend on the total enrollment of the schools participating in the program.

Important Dates

Date Application Available February 11, 2020
Due Date March 31, 2020
Expected Notification Date June 12, 2020

Additional Information

Application Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program []
Background California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsResult-20: FFVP Funding Results  []
Other The total amount of funding available is estimated; the actual amount will be released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in May or June 2020.


Program Jennifer Kuo, 916-322-9943,
Fiscal Christina Volkoff-Shoemaker, 916-324-8797,
Division Nutrition Services Division, 916-445-0850 (phone), 916-319-0122 (fax)
Last Modified: March 24, 2020
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