DATE: June 23, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

2017-2018 USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Application


This memorandum provides information on the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) and the new application and selection process for school year (SY) 2017-2018.  The School Nutrition Program Web-based software (SNPWeb) has been updated and enhanced to include the FFVP application, selection, funding, and claiming processes.  Effective with SY 2017-2018, all information for the FFVP will be maintained within SNPWeb. 

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides funding to schools for fresh fruit and vegetable snacks for students during the school day, at times other than breakfast or lunch, in selected elementary schools.  The program is available to elementary schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and have a minimum of 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price meals.  School divisions must apply on behalf of the interested eligible schools in one application for the division submitted in SNPWeb. 

The FFVP is intended to:

FFVP Application Process for 2017-2018:

The FFVP application will be completed in the SNPWeb software by the school division contact person for all eligible schools interested in participating.  Elementary schools with free and reduced price eligibility that meet the application threshold determined by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will be listed in SNPWeb for each school division; if there are no eligible schools, the list will be blank.   

The FFVP Application Packet is an item in the Applications tab of the new SNPWeb software.  To apply, follow these steps:

Funding and Reimbursement Claims:

Selected elementary schools will receive funds to participate in the FFVP.  Funding levels will be approximately $60 to $65 per student for the school year based on the total enrollment of all schools selected to participate and available funding.  The majority of the funds must be used to purchase fruits and vegetables with no more than 10 percent of funds used for equipment and administrative program costs.

Orientation and Training:

An orientation webinar will be conducted in August for school division contact persons with one or more schools in the division selected to participate in the FFVP.  The orientation will provide specific information about the new process for submitting reimbursement claims in SNPWeb, as well as programmatic updates.  Details on the webinar will be provided directly to the school divisions selected to participate in the FFVP for SY 2017-2018.   

Best Practices and Resources:

Questions and requests for information about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program may be directed to Lynne A. Fellin, by telephone at (804) 225-2717 or by email at lynne.fellin@doe.virginia.gov, or to the school nutrition program specialist assigned to your division.

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