Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) will be available for the 2019-20 school year through the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-234). The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary school children. Nebraska will be awarded a specified amount for the grant period of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. The grant will be awarded to schools in two parts: July 1 – September 30, 2019 and October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
To be eligible to participate, an elementary school, as defined in Rule 10 & 14 must have 50 percent or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. To the maximum extent possible, priority will be given to schools with the highest percentage of low-income students. Selected schools must offer free fresh fruits and vegetables to students during the school day a minimum of two days per week or more and integrate the program with other wellness activities. Funding to each school will be based on the school’s enrollment for the participating grades.
List of Eligible School Buildings
The school buildings listed in this spreadsheet qualify to apply for the FFVP grant based on the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price meals as indicated in the school’s October 2019 school lunch claim for reimbursement.
Note: FFVP grant allocations will be determined once NDE is notified of funding amount from the USDA.
The Nebraska Department of Education Office of Nutrition Services (NDE) invites eligible school systems to apply for the SY 2020 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Grant. NDE is using a new online grant application this year and will only be accepting grant applications through this online process. Food Service Directors and Authorized Representatives at each eligible school district will receive an email with a link to the online application.
Because the SY 2020 FFVP Grant Application is only accessible online, a downloadable reference copy of the grant application is available for school districts and institutions to utilize as they are gathering information to complete the online grant application process.
All school districts that apply are notified of the results once funding allocations have been received. NDE reserves the right to remove a school’s application from consideration if a good faith effort was not made to spend the previous year’s FFVP grant award or if the goals and objectives of the program were not fully implemented. Follow this link to access the SY 2020 FFVP Grant Application. If you are interested in applying for this program, the grant application is open until May 24, 2019.
Note: Neither hard copy nor electronic grant applications will be accepted.
FFVP Policy Memos
FFVP Program Training
- Click here to view the FFVP Video Training
Note: Revised training will be available in Summer 2019
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Handbook
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable – A Resource Guide
- Produce Safety
- What’s in Season
- Coming Soon! Nebraska Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Resources