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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP)
Applying to the FFVP
Elementary schools are selected for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program annually through a simple application process. Priority goes to schools with the highest free and reduced enrollment. Interested schools must submit a completed application by the defined deadline.
FFVP applications open on Thursday, May 19 for school year 2022-23. Applications are due in the Colorado Nutrition Portal by Thursday, June 30. To qualify, applicants must:
- Be an elementary school.
- Begin FFVP operations at the start of the school year.
- Participate in the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Program.
- Have a 50%, or more, students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Preference will be given to those schools with the highest eligibility percentage.
- To determine eligibility, SFAs must use the 2021 PK-12 Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility by School Data (XLS)
How to Apply:
- Market and promote the FFVP to eligible elementary schools
- Gain support and buy-in from teachers, staff and principals and/or superintendents
- Establish an implementation plan that includes service methods and frequency, integration of nutrition education, FFVP marketing and promotion and overall program administration and monitoring
PK-12 Free/Reduced Enrollment & Percent Data from October Pupil count
Request a Waiver:
The USDA approved Colorado’s waiver to allow the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to operate at an alternate location if the approved location is closed as long as accountability and integrity of the program are maintained. Sponsors must apply via the alternate site location waiver request form to use this waiver. The alternate location waiver is valid through the end of School Year 2021-22.
Program Forms & Templates
USDA Regulations & Resources
For more information or if an alternate version of a document is needed, please contact Vivien Skrupskis or 720-672-4243.