Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

To assist States, through cash grants, in providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary schools with high percentages of children who receive free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
West Virginia Department Of Education $ 2,178,350   2018-10-012020-09-30
Mississippi State Department Of Education $ 2,476,449   2018-10-012020-09-30
Education, Maine Department Of $ 2,055,882   2018-10-012019-09-30
Colorado State Board Of Education $ 3,145,771   2018-10-012019-09-30
Public Education, New Mexico Department Of $ 2,247,810   2018-10-012019-09-30
Education, Tennessee Department Of $ 3,428,710   2018-10-012019-09-30
Mississippi State Department Of Education $ 2,132,097   2017-10-012019-09-30
Department Of Education Ohio $ 4,689,914   2018-10-012019-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 1,892,080   2018-10-012019-09-30
Public Instruction, Washington State Superintendent Of $ 3,604,715   2018-10-012019-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2017: On June 16, 2017, FNS released a revised allocation for the remainder of FY17, which is available on the FNS Web site. Fiscal Year 2018: On June 16, 2017, FNS released the funding allocation distribution for FY18, which is available on the FNS Web site.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Under Section 19 of the Richard B.

Russell National School Lunch Act, 42.

U.S.C.

1769, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program funding is available to State agencies through an annual transfer of the Agricultural Marketing Service's Section 32 funds.

Selected low-income, public and nonprofit private elementary schools are reimbursed for produce served to school children outside of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program food service periods. All participating schools must agree to serve fresh fruits and vegetables free to all enrolled children, and to publicize fresh fruit and vegetable availability within the school.

Selected schools must be low-income public and nonprofit private elementary schools.

Selected schools must serve fresh fruits and vegetables free to all students in selected schools.

Selected schools must serve fresh fruits and vegetables outside of the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, and must publicize the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables within the school.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

In order to be eligible to participate in the FFVP, the school must be a low-income public or nonprofit private elementary school, and must participate in the National School Lunch Program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All elementary school children enrolled in schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program receive free fresh fruits and vegetables outside of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Credentials/Documentation

The applicant organization must be currently participating in the National School Lunch Program. The applicant must be an elementary school as defined by section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 7801). Costs will be determined in accordance with USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The school-level application prototype form furnished by FNS may be modified by the State agency.

An applicant should consult the State office or official designated as the single point of contact in the State for the National School Lunch Program for more information on the process FNS requires to be followed for participation in FFVP.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Low income, public or private nonprofit elementary schools apply to the State agency, or may be selected for participation by the State agency.

Award Procedures

The elementary schools with the highest percentages of children eligible for free and reduced price meals will be selected. The State agency then enters into an agreement with the school food authority for its participation in the program. The agreement stipulates that schools will operate the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program according to federal requirements for the program.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended, 42 U.S.C 1769.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Agreements become effective upon approval by the State agency.

Appeals

The State agency is responsible for selecting schools based on high free and reduced price percentages. There is no appeal process if not selected.

Renewals

Schools may be renewed annually through a re-application process (or modified application process) depending on their free and reduced price meal eligibility percent ranking each year.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is funded through a statutory formula found in section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The program is permanent and amended as necessary described by law. Schools/SFAs have one fiscal year in which to spend the funds awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

State agencies must ensure that each school food authority with participating schools maintains and submits reimbursement claim forms to the State agency in order to receive reimbursement.

State agencies must submit expenditure data quarterly via the SF-425 report.

States must submit final fiscal year grant close out reports within 120 days after the end of the grant period.

State agencies are required to complete SF-425 reports.

No progress reports are required.

State agencies must ensure that each school food authority with participating schools maintains and submits reimbursement claim forms to the State agency in order to receive reimbursement.

State agencies must submit expenditure data quarterly via the SF-425.

States must submit final fiscal year grant close out reports within 120 days after the end of the grant period.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits may be conducted less frequently under conditions specified in A-133. The FFVP is subject to audits.

Records

Schools must maintain full and accurate records of the FFVP's expenditures, similar to the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Such records must be retained for a period of 3 years after the end of the fiscal year to which they pertain, except that if audit findings have not been resolved, the records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period as long as required for the resolution of audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3539-0-1-605.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $166,565,000; FY 17 est $224,500,000; and FY 18 est $174,500,000 - A steady source of funding is provided through an annual transfer from the Agricultural Marketing Service.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FFVP funds are allocated at a level of $50 to $75 per student per school year. Funding is allocated among States based on a funding formula, which is adjusted every July 1 to reflect changes in the Consumer Price Index. The minimum grant to each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia will equal one percent of the funds made available to carry out this program for the school year. Additional funding will be allocated to all States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, on the basis of population.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

An online toolkit is available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/FFVP. A handbook is also available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/ffvp/fns-resources.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See the Food and Nutrition Service Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Cynthia Long, 3101 Park Center Drive Room 628, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. Phone: 703-305-2590.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicant schools must be currently participating in the National School Lunch Program. They must agree to serve fresh fruits and vegetables free to all enrolled children, and to publicize fresh fruit and vegetable availability within the school. They must have support for participation in the program signed by the school food manager, the school principal, and the district superintendent, or equivalent positions. States must target the elementary schools with the highest percentages of children eligible for free and reduced price meals.



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