California Department of Education (CDE)
03/15/19 4:00 PM
Grants of $50 to $75 per student to California school districts and school food authorities on behalf of their K-8 elementary schools, direct-funded charter schools, private elementary schools, and residential child care institutions to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables outside of mealtime. Priority will be given to schools with the highest percentages of free and reduced-price eligible students to the maximum extent practicable.
The goal of the FFVP is to improve healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices and to:
- Expand the fruits and vegetables children experience
- Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
- Make a difference in children’s diets to affect their present and future health
The program is seen as an important catalyst for change in efforts to combat childhood obesity and by helping children learn more healthful eating habits.
Schools are required to adhere to the following:
- Make free fresh fruits and vegetables available during the school day as a snack to all enrolled children outside of NSLP and SBP operation
- Offer the FFVP snack a minimum of three times per week
- Offer nutrition education at least one time per week as part of the FFVP
- Follow all food safety requirements and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point guidance
- Widely publicize the availability of fresh fruit and vegetable snacks within the school
- Implement the FFVP in accordance with the most recent guidelines by the USDA
GrantWatch ID#: 168676
Grant awards are based on student enrollment and range from $50 to $75 per student per school.
The grant period is July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.
To be eligible for the FFVP, an agency must be a school food authority (SFA). According to Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), Section 210.2, an SFA is defined as the governing body which is responsible for the administration of one or more schools and has the legal authority to operate the program therein or be otherwise approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to operate the program.
The following are considered SFAs and are eligible to apply for an FFVP grant:
- School districts and county offices of education on behalf of their school sites
- Direct-funded charter schools
- Private elementary schools participating in the NSLP if 50 percent or more of their students are eligible for free and reduced-price meals
- Residential child care institutions operating an elementary school during the day and participating in the NSLP
For details on the minimum criteria for participating schools, see the Grant Eligibility section in the Grant Overview tab: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/caffvp.asp
- Date Application Available: February 1, 2019
- Due Date: Friday, March 15, 2019, no later than 4:00 PM
- Expected Notification Date: June 15, 2019
Grants will be awarded on a reimbursement basis.
California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Fiscal contact and downloading questions:
Nutrition Services Division