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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)

Grants to South Carolina Elementary Schools
to Provide Fresh Produce to Students

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Health and Nutrition

Conf. Date:

04/15/21

Deadline Date:

05/07/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to South Carolina elementary schools to provide students with fresh vegetables and fruits outside of mealtime. Priority will be given to schools with the highest percentages of free and reduced-price eligible students. Funding is intended to introduce students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to sample.

The purpose of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is for elementary schools to provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to students throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the state and local level to support implementing and operating the program.

The goals of the FFVP are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices to:

  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience,
  • Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption, and
  • Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170053

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The level of funding provided to any selected South Carolina school will be $50 per student. The total amount of funds each school will receive will be based on the October 2020 Eligibility Report—Meal Count Data by Site (SNP Lunch) data in SCAPS.

Term of Contract:

The FFVP funding period is July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible schools, including residential child care centers and private, parochial, and charter schools, must submit an application to the SCDE’s Office of Health and Nutrition based on this guidance and the USDA. Section 19 of the National School Lunch Act requires the following selection criteria for participating schools:

- Only elementary schools may participate. An eligible elementary school (as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801)) is a nonprofit institutional day or residential school, including a public elementary charter school, that provides elementary education, as determined under state law. Section 59-1-150 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina defines an elementary school as “any public school which contains grades no lower than kindergarten and no higher than eighth.”
- Selected schools must also operate the National School Lunch Program.
- Each interested school must submit an application for participation in the FFVP.
- Each selected school must have 50 percent or more of its students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Schools electing to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible to participate in the FFVP. Since the 1.6 multiplier is intended to provide an estimate of the total number of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals in eligible schools, the product of the Identified Student Percentage (ISP) multiplied by 1.6 will be used for the purpose of awarding FFVP funds. Schools in districts electing CEP for the entire district or as part of a group of schools electing CEP with a shared ISP will be subject to the individual school CEP percentage when FFVP awards are determined.
- Highest priority must be given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students.
- The total enrollment of all schools selected must result in a per-student allocation of at least $50 per year.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Health and Nutrition will offer a pre-award technical assistance session via Adobe Connect (https://scde.adobeconnect.com/ffvp-pre-app-ta/) on April 15, 2021, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM. No password is required to join the session.

While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

Participants should enter their full names when logging in to the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their equipment’s audio settings and to download/print handouts.

Pre-Application Information:

Eligible public schools must submit an application online no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, May 7, 2021.

The FFVP school team should coordinate with the district’s school food service director to successfully complete the application for submission by the deadline.

Eligible applicants must have a current registration in SAM and maintain an active SAM registration during the award. Applicants must include their DUNS number in their application and confirm their current registration in SAM.

Residential child care centers and private, parochial, and charter schools who wish to submit an application to participate in the FFVP for the first time must have a site visit by the SCDE’s Office of Health and Nutrition prior to receiving a subgrant award to confirm sufficient logistics are in place to support successful FFVP implementation. Applicants may be subjected to an evaluation of their financial system, internal controls, and policies and procedures by the SCDE’s Office of Auditing Services before a subgrant is issued or during the subgrant term.

SCDE Grant Opportunities and Tutorials: https://ed.sc.gov/finance/grants/scde-grant-opportunities/

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
https://scde.formstack.com/forms/2021_22_ffvp_online_application

For inquiries, please contact the Grants Program at 803-734-5810 or grants@ed.sc.gov.

FFVP contact:
Diane Gillie
803-734-8193
dgillie@ed.sc.gov

South Carolina Department of Education
Grants Program
Division of Legal Affairs
1429 Senate Street
Room: 1001
Columbia, SC 29201

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