Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The United States Department of Agriculture Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides students with a fresh fruit or vegetable snack at school during the school day to increase their consumption of healthy foods, exposure to a variety of fruits and vegetables and promote a healthier school environment. The 2008 Farm Bill expanded the program which was previously only available to 25 schools in Pennsylvania. The number of schools selected each year is based upon federal funding. Participation is limited to elementary schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program with free and reduced eligibility rates at or above 50%. The FFVP is administered at the state level by The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), the same agency that administers the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Funding is awarded to schools annually to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day. The funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The program's goals are to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expand the variety of fruits and vegetables students experience, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and positively impact students' present and future health. FFVP was first implemented in Pennsylvania in 2004 and expanded to all 50 states in 2008.
On September 21, PDE announced that more than 230 elementary schools would receive grants totaling more than $7 million to provide students with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day.
Access a list of schools awarded fresh fruit and vegetable program grants for the 2020-21 school year.