Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students in participating elementary schools during the school day at times other than breakfast, lunch, or after school snack.

Administered at the state level by Child Nutrition & Food Distribution programs – the same agency that administers the National School Lunch Program – the FFVP began in 2004. Legislation in 2008 expanded the program to schools not previously authorized to participate in the program. The goal of the FFVP is to improve children’s overall diet and create healthier eating habits to impact their present and future health. The FFVP will help schools create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices, expanding the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, and increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.