The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables as a snack during the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing children to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample, while also encouraging them to consider fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.
The FFVP’s goals are three-fold:
- expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience,
- increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption, and
- positively impact children’s present and future health by helping them learn more healthful eating habits.
Participating schools receive grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, administered by the Oregon Department of Education, to reimburse the costs they incur making fresh fruits and vegetables available to students, at no charge to them, during the school day.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Application for SY23-24
The FFVP is a program that individual schools that participate in the NSLP can apply for, as opposed to School Districts.
Schools that currently participate in the FFVP will automatically be rolled over into the next year, so no action is necessary if you wish your schools to continue to participate in this program.
The application process for new schools that wish to participate is now open.
Please submit applications to FarmtoCNP@ode.oregon.gov. Applications are due Friday, September 1, 2023 by 5:00PM. Applications will be reviewed and turned around quickly after this date. An application does not guarantee an award, as we will prioritize schools with the highest need based on F&R%. SY2023-2024 FFVP awards will cover any FFVP costs participating schools incur between October 1, 2023 and September 30, 2024.