Idaho Schools Can Now Apply for Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Program
BOISE, Idaho (Press Release)– Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra announced today that Child Nutrition Programs is now accepting applications for Idaho elementary schools to implement USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).
In order to be eligible for the FFVP, schools must meet the following criteria:
- Be and elementary school (eligible students are pre-K through 6th grade)
- Operate the National School Lunch Program
- Have more than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced priced meals
- Submit a complete application
Elementary schools with the highest free and reduced price enrollment will be given priority during the selection process. Schools are awarded between $50 and $75 per student for the school year in order to purchase fresh fruit and vegetable snacks.
FFVP schools are required to provide free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks throughout the school day. The goals of the FFVP are to increase students’ consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, to expand the variety of fruits and vegetables that children experience, to positively impact their present and future health, and to create healthier school environments by providing healthier choices for students.
For more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program requirements or for a copy of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Application, please visit www.sde.idaho.gov or contact Child Nutrition Programs at 208-332-6820. FFVP applications must be mailed or e-mailed by April 29, 2016.