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Procedural Issues General

Do students and staff need to wash their hands before serving or eating food in the classroom or other serving site?

Answer: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone wash their hands before preparing or eating food to avoid food borne illness and spreading germs to others.  According to CDC, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is the best alternative when s

Is your school required to include the FFVP as part of your school food safety program?

Answer: 

Yes.  Standard operating procedures for safe food handling are required to include any facility or part of a facility where food is stored, prepared, or served, such as in school hallways, school courtyards, kiosks, classrooms, or other locations outside of the cafeteria.  This requirement inclu

Can children attending a child care center, head start program or a split-session kindergarten class located in a FFVP school participate in FFVP?

Answer: 

Yes, children attending a child care center, head start program or a split-session kindergarten class located in a FFVP school may also participate if they are considered enrolled in the participating school and are in school on the days the program is offered.

What may be done with leftovers?

Answer: 

Food purchased with FFVP funds should be used in the FFVP so the first priority for leftovers is to re-utilize in the FFVP.  However, if leftovers cannot be easily used in the FFVP, they may be used in other child nutrition programs.  Accurate planning will help minimize leftovers and manage foo

Can schools purchase non-domestic fruits and vegetables with FFVP funds?

Answer: 

Yes.    The “Buy American” requirement in the NSLP (as provided in 7CFR 210.21(d) applies to purchases made with FFVP funds.  Produce such as bananas or other exotic varieties, which are generally not available as a domestic product, may be purchased even though they are not domestic.

Can teachers and school personnel take the produce offered?

Answer: 

Adults at a school including those attending school functions cannot participate in the FFVP.  However, teachers can play a valuable role in modeling positive eating habits by consuming fruits and vegetables along with their students.  Teacher may participate under the following conditions:

May more than one distribution technique be used in the same school?

Answer: 

Yes. Fresh fruits and vegetables may only be served during the school day and not during the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs’ reimbursable meal service periods.

When should the fruits and vegetables be made available?

Answer: 

Fresh fruits and vegetables may only be served during the school day and not during the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs’ reimbursable meal service periods.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 2:15am.