Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

FFVP Request for Applications Announcement

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). The FFVP grant period is July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021.

All eligible agencies, current 2019–20 FFVP grantees, and new applicants interested in a 2020–21 FFVP grant must respond to this Request for Applications (RFA).

Program History

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the FFVP at the federal level and the NSD administers the FFVP in California. 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 during the school day. The FFVP is a supplement to (and not part of) the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program and includes teaching students about good nutrition. Participating schools are also encouraged to partner with community entities to support their FFVP efforts.

For more information about the FFVP and grant eligibility requirements, visit the CDE California FFVP web page.

Grant Application Package and Deadline

The FFVP grant application package and instructions are available on the CDE FFVP Grant RFA web page.

The online application closes on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 4 p.m., at which time applications will no longer be accepted.

Informational Webinar

The NSD is providing an informational Webinar, How to Apply for the California FFVP Grant Webinar, on Thursday, February 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m. New applicants will learn how to complete the 2020–21 FFVP RFA from NSD staff members: Jennifer Kuo, Nutrition Education Assistant, and Christina Volkoff-Shoemaker, Program Analyst.

Preregistration is not required for this webinar. Prior to the event, participants will access the WebEx webinar web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Event number: 669 968 841

Event password: 177564

Attendees will be provided a call-in number with special identification after login and will need to call-in using a phone in order to listen to the webinar.

The NSD currently offers webinars using the Cisco WebEx service. Please test your computer’s compatibility to make sure it is ready to use WebEx prior to attending a webinar session by visiting the WebEx Join a Test Meeting web pageExternal link opens in new window or tab.. If you experience issues joining the meeting, contact WebEx support by phone at 1-866-229-3239.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact Christina Volkoff-Shoemaker, Program Analyst, by phone at 916-324-8797 or the FFVP team by email at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Recently Posted in Nutrition
  • COVID-19: Nationwide Waiver for CEP Deadlines (added 01-Apr-2020)
    Based on the public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a nationwide waiver to support the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) while schools are responding to COVID-19.
  • Cafeteria Funds Updated Guidance (added 30-Mar-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) management bulletins (MB) on Cafeteria Funds are available on the CDE Cafeteria Fund Guidance web page.
  • Preschools SHINE Updated Web Page and Resources (added 30-Mar-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division is pleased to announce that it has updated the web page and resources for the Preschools Shaping Healthy Impressions through Nutrition and Exercise (SHINE) program.
  • SFSP Mandatory Training is Now Available (added 30-Mar-2020)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) Community Nutrition Programs Unit (CNPU) is pleased to announce that the 2020 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) annual online Mandatory Training is now available.
  • Building a Healthy Me! Curriculum (added 27-Mar-2020)
    Nutrition Education lesson that introduces children to the food groups and to a variety of healthy eating options.

  • Child Nutrition Programs Resource Library (added 27-Mar-2020)
    A library of online resources for program operators participating in the Child Nutrition Programs.
  • COVID-19 Parent Meal Pick-up Waiver (added 27-Mar-2020)
    On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #5, National Waiver to Allow Parents and Guardians to Pick-up Meals for Children.
  • COVID-19 CNP Meal Pattern Requirements Waiver (added 27-Mar-2020)
    On March 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued COVID-19: Child Nutrition Response #4, National Waiver to Allow Meal Pattern Flexibility in the Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) as part of the COVID-19 Child Nutrition Response Act.
  • Guidance and Sample Menus for SFSP Meal Patterns (added 26-Mar-2020)
    Guidance and three sets of sample menus to provide Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Operators with ideas for how to serve meals that meet the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal pattern requirements.
  • COVID-19 CACFP Waiver(s) Application (added 24-Mar-2020)
    Child and Adult Care Food Program Agency Waivers.