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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Grants to Arkansas Elementary Schools to Promote
Student Consumption of Fresh Produce

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Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) - Child Nutrition Unit (CNU)

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants to Arkansas elementary schools to promote student consumption of fresh produce. Participating schools should also offer nutrition education opportunities to students. Funding is intended to support the creation of healthier school environments and increase students' fresh fruit and vegetable intake. Funds are to be used primarily to purchase, prepare and distribute fresh fruits and fresh vegetables that will be made available at no charge to all students in the school at times other than lunch and/or breakfast.

Goals of the FFVP are 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 present and future health.

Allowable expenses from this grant include:

  • Fresh fruits and fresh vegetables
  • Non-food supplies required to implement the program (such as napkins, paper plates, etc.)
  • Labor expenses for staff preparing, serving, and cleaning up
  • Up to 10% of the school's grant award may be used to pay administrative costs including documented expenses for planning and managing the paperwork required by the program and/or purchasing the produce and equipment necessary to implement the program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169697

Estimated Size of Grant:

The level of funding provided is based on October 1, 2020, official school enrollment at a level ranging between $50-75 per student (as defined annually by CNU).

Term of Contract:

This grant is for the period October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School selection criteria include:
- Must be an elementary school (USDA definition of elementary is any school with a combination of grades K-8).No Pre-School Program will be approved for SY 2021-2022, including those Pre-K programs that are part of an elementary school.
- Operate the National School Lunch Program.Schools must be in existence and successfully operate at least one of the USDA programs for one school year.
- Submit an application for participation that meets all criteria. All interested schools should submit an application, even if they currently have the program.
- Must have 50% or more of the school’s students eligible for free/reduced price meals.
- Be chosen based on the percentage of free/reduced price students with the highest priority given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students, to the maximum extent practicable.

Schools/districts with major audit or administrative review findings related to the child nutrition programs will be disqualified.

The fresh fruits and fresh vegetables served as part of this program may not be served before or after school and may not be served at regular student meal periods. Funds may not be used for promotional activities, to supplement the lunch or breakfast program, for nutrition education materials and/or activities, or for indirect or other administrative costs.

Pre-Application Information:

The application must be received by CNU no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021.

One application for each school that is applying or renewing for a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) grant in the district is required.

Selected schools will submit a monthly FFVP Claim for Reimbursement to CNU as well as necessary supporting documentation of expenses.

SY 21-22 FFVP Funding Opportunity voiced-over PowerPoint:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:
Myia McBride, FFVP Coordinator
Phone Number: 501-324-9502

Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201

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