(F) Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Program

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The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools during the school day at times other than breakfast, lunch, or after school snack.

Administered at the state level by Child Nutrition & Food Distribution programs – the same agency that administers the National School Lunch Program – the FFVP began in 2004. Legislation in 2008 expanded the program to schools not previously authorized to participate in the program.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service has very defined criteria for schools eligible for this program. Section 19 of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) requires that schools with the highest free and reduced price enrollment be given priority for participation. This is the key selection criterion, which ensures that the program benefits low-income children. This criterion cannot be waived to give all schools in the state an equal chance to participate in the program.

The FFVP, as directed under Section 19 of the NSLA as well as some specific FFVP Guidelines
 is geared toward elementary schools with the highest proportion of free and reduced price enrollment, especially those at 50 percent and higher. Total enrollment of all schools selected in the state must result in a per-student allocation of $50 to $75. A total of $1,832,350 has been allocated to 166 schools so far for the 2018-2019 school year, providing fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to 36,647 students.

The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.

The program runs from October 1 to September 30 each year. Applications to participate in the program must be completed yearly. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be available in late March.

For more information about the FFVP, email segge@nd.gov or call our office toll free at 888-338-3663 or locally at 701-328-2319.

  FFVP serving dragon fruit

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
 
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
 
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
 
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
 
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