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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)


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FFVP Annual Grant Application Process

Applications for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant are completed via IowaCNP for elementary schools that meet certain criteria. An elementary school site must have 50% or more of their enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Priority must be given to schools with the highest free and reduced-price populations, and eligible schools must reapply annually.

A letter and invitation to apply is sent to schools that meet the 50% eligibility criteria. The application process and award normally happens in the spring for the upcoming school year, and the deadline to apply is indicated in the application materials.

In the School Year 2017-18, 139 applications were submitted and 119 chosen to participate.

FFVP Information Sheet

The goal of the FFVP is to:

  • Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices.
  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience.
  • Increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption.
  • Make a difference in children’s diet to impact their present and future health.

This program is seen as an important catalyst for change in efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. The FFVP introduces school children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.

According to federal regulations, the school selection criteria to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is as follows:

  • Only elementary schools can participate
  • Each interested school must submit an approvable application for participation annually
  • Highest priority must be given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students to the maximum extent practicable

2017-2018 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Schools

Click on the map below to go to an interactive map highlighting all of the schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2017-2018 school year.

Fruit and Vegetable Program Map

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Participants - Listing of Iowa elementary schools participating during the 2017-2018 school year.

Pick a better snackTM Toolkit

Pick a better snack is a comprehensive education and social marketing and social marketing campaign that includes several nutrition education components. The following pdf provides a summary of an on-line tool-kit that includes resources to promote the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, including lessons, signage, newsletter articles, recipes, etc.
Pick a better snack™ and ACT Tool-Kit

Weblink to new and updated materials:

FFVP Handbook

This is the December, 2010 edition of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and is based on Section 19 of the National School Lunch Act.

Fruit and Vegetable Taste Testing Resource

The Fruit and Vegetable Resource materials developed by Iowa Team Nutrition can help engage students in trying a new food and grow into adventurous eaters.  The resources provide assistance with taste testing fruits and vegetables and nutrition education in the classroom or in the cafeteria.  Resources include sample tasting schedule; tasting instructions for students; tasting strategies in the classroom; fun fact sheets; hand washing sign; food safety tips; words to describe foods; fruit and vegetable announcements; fruit and vegetable promotion ideas; posters; activity sheets; family newsletters; videos and songs; and free nutrition education resources.

Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control, Strategies to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Choose MyPlate
Evaluation of the FFVP: Report to Congress
FDA Produce Safety
Food Research and Action Center
Food Safety Information
Fruits and Vegetables Galore
Institute of Child Nutrition Food Safety Fact Sheets
Produce For Better Health Foundation
United Fresh Produce Association
USDA Best Practices Handling Fresh Produce in Schools
USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Policy

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 24, 2018 at 6:48pm.