The goal of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is to increase students’ consumption of healthy food, including expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables that children experience while creating better school environments by providing healthier food choices for students.
To be eligible for the program, schools must meet the following criteria:
- Be an elementary school (eligible students are pre-K through 6th grade),
- Operate the National School Lunch Program,
- Have more than 50 percent of students eligible for free/reduced priced meals, and
- 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.
For more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program requirements or for a copy of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant Application, please visitwww.sde.idaho.gov/site/cnp/ or contact the Department’s Child Nutrition Programs at(208) 332-6820.
FFVP applications must be mailed or e-mailed by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.