Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is available for the 2020-21 school year through the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-234). The program is designed to help create healthier school environments and combat childhood obesity. The FFVP expands the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increases their fruit and vegetable consumption, and can positively impact their present and future health. Funds provided to each school cover the costs associated with administering the program, including the cost of food, labor, supplies, and equipment costs.  Nebraska will be awarded a specified amount for the grant period of July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. The grant will be awarded to schools in two parts: July 1 – September 30, 2020 and October 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021.

Overview of USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Awarded schools offer fresh fruits and vegetables to students, at no cost to the students, during the school day. Schools must establish an implementation plan that includes service methods and frequency (serving a minimum of two days a week), integration of nutrition education, FFVP marketing and promotion and overall program administration and monitoring. Funding to each school will be based on the school’s enrollment for the participating grades. Per-student allocation will be $50-$54 for the 2020-2021 school year, with the schools that participate more than two times a week receiving more funds per student.

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 2020 school lunch claim for reimbursement.

SY 2020-2021 FFVP Eligible Sites 

The application window for FFVP participation in SY 2020-2021 has closed. The FFVP prioritizes schools with the highest percentage of children certified as eligible for free and reduced price meals. NDE will notify all SY 2020-21 FFVP Grant Recipients the status of awards by mid-August, pending announcement by USDA of state allocation amounts.

FFVP Application

A pdf version of the SY 2020-2021 FFVP Application can be reviewed here: PDF Reference Version of Application.

May 29, 2020 was the deadline for submitting the SY 2020-2021 FFVP application. Applications are no longer being accepted. NDE will notify all SY 2020-21 FFVP Grant Recipients the status of awards by mid-August, pending announcement by USDA of state allocation amounts.

FFVP Application Guidance Video

The Nutrition Services office with the Nebraska Department of Education offers guidance for participating schools in completing the 2020-2021 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program application.

FFVP Program Training

Updated June 18, 2020 11:22am