Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) is part of an initiative by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer elementary schools a wider variety of fresh produce than what is available through regular USDA Child Nutrition Programs, such as the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). 
The program goal is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, increasing children's fruit and vegetable consumption, and making a difference in children's diets to impact their present and future health.  
NOTE:  Grant details for 21-22 will be updated once the grants are awarded!
For the 20-21 school year, the following schools have been awarded grants:
Garfield Elementary Jefferson Elementary
Grace Jordan Elementary Koelsch Elementary
Hawthorne Elementary Morley Nelson Elementary
Hillcrest Elementary Wm H Taft Elementary
Horizon Elementary Whitney Elementary
  Whittier Elementary
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How the program works

A fresh fruit or vegetable snack will be provided 3-5 days/week to all students at the schools awarded the grants.  Snacks are typically delivered to students in their classroom after lunch but before the end of the school day. Participation is optional. For the school year 20-21, the snacks are allowed to go home. Also this school year, if a FFVP site is doing virtual learning only, the snacks may be picked up curbside; parents/guardians may pick up the snacks curbside without children present. Nutrition education about the food items being offered is provided whenever possible.