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COVID-19: FFVP Parent Pick-Up Waiver


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Effective immediately, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division a waiver through June 30, 2020, to allow school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to distribute the FFVP snack to a parent or guardian at an approved FFVP school site to take home to their children during an unanticipated school closure due to COVID-19.

The SFAs participating in the FFVP must ensure that the FFVP snacks are distributed only to parents or guardians of eligible children, and that duplicate snacks are not distributed to the same child. In addition, the SFAs must demonstrate that the waiver does not result in an increase to the overall cost of the FFVP.

Mandatory Opt-in

If you are interested in implementing this waiver to allow parents or guardians to pick up the FFVP snack on behalf of the child, you must send an email to FFVP@cde.ca.gov to opt-in and state how you plan to provide FFVP foods only to parents or guardians of eligible children, and that no duplicates are distributed to any child. Within the next year, all FFVP grantees who opt-in to use the waiver will receive an email to complete a mandatory report.

Effective Date

This FFVP Parent Pick-up Waiver is effective immediately and will remain in effect until June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier.

For more comprehensive COVID-19 Guidance, please visit the School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals web page.

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the CDE FFVP Team, by phone at 916-322-9943 or by email at FFVP@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Monday, May 18, 2020
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