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Grants to Kentucky Elementary Schools to Purchase Fresh Produce for Student Snacks

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Kentucky

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP)

Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) - Division of School and Community Nutrition


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #144326

Grant Description

Grants to Kentucky elementary schools to purchase fresh produce for the benefit of students throughout the state. Funding is intended to increase the consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits by students in schools with high free and reduced lunch enrollment. The produce will be offered at no cost throughout the school day at times outside the regular meal service periods.

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 diets 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.

Allowable Uses of Funds:

  • Funds are to be used primarily to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to be made available at no charge to students. A small percentage of funds may be used for operating and administrative costs incurred, such as labor costs, the preparation and distribution of fruits and vegetables, small equipment, and renewable supplies. 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- Only elementary schools may participate.
- Selected schools must also operate the National School Lunch Program;
- Eligible schools must submit an application in the CNIPS system for participation in the FFVP.

Elementary schools that represent a State’s highest free and reduced price enrollment are eligible to participate in the Program and are given priority for being selected due to their high need level.

Highest priority for participation must be given to schools submitting applications with the highest percentages of low-income students;

Selected schools must represent the State’s highest free and reduced-price need. Schools with lower free and reduced-price need, down to 50 percent, may also be given general Program information in anticipation of coming into the Program at a later date;

Schools that have demonstrated successful financial management of the program per the terms of the FFVP grant will be awarded before schools that have not demonstrated successful financial management of the program.

No. Fruit/vegetable juice is not allowed as part of the FFVP.

Pre-Application Information:

The Kentucky Department of Education must receive, in the CNIPS system, the application by June 21, 2022, 4PM ET.

Deadline for Submission of Questions: May 31, 2022 4:00 PM ET

Applications are to be submitted electronically within CNIPS.

Schools are expected to spend 100% of the FFVP allocation award. Failure to spend a minimum of 80% or more of the - allocation award throughout the school year, or regularly communicate budgetary changes to the Division of School and Community Nutrition may result in the disqualification from future FFVP grant awards.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.

Term of Contract:

For the 2022-2023 school year, funds will be allocated for the period of July 1, 2022 through June 20, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://cnips.eduction.ky.gov/

Address Questions In Writing To:
Procurement Branch
KDERFP@education.ky.gov
Email Subject: FFVP School Year 2022-23

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