Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks within the school day. It is an effective and creative way to introduce fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the state and local levels for support in implementing and operating the program.

The Minnesota Department of Education's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administers the FFVP through a federal grant. Applications to participate in the FFVP are administered in March and April of each year for participation in the following school year. View more information about the FFVP, including a toolkit and a handbook, on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.

Schools with the highest enrollment of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals are given priority for participation in the FFVP based on the school data reported each October. To meet eligibility for this program, schools must:
 
  • Be an elementary school.
  • Represent the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced-price benefits (at least 50 percent of enrolled students).
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program.
  • Complete the FFVP application (March and April).
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos contain additional information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

Application Materials

Application instructions
FFVP applications are solicited every year in March/April for the following school year. Reference the instructions to complete the FFVP application.

Partnerships and Nutrition Education
Complete and upload this document to the FFVP site application in CLiCS.

Site Certification and Signatures
Complete and upload this document to the FFVP site application in CLiCS.

Sponsoring Authority Certification and Signatures
Complete and upload this document to the FFVP sponsor application in CLiCS.

  • Elementary Schools Participating in the FFVP - School Year 2019-2020 - 8/23/19
    List of all participating elementary schools in the FFVP for school year 2019-20.
  • Sample Menus - 7/2/19
    Sample menus for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Reimbursement Information - 7/1/19
    A list of allowable and non-allowable costs using Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program funds. This list is not all-inclusive.
  • Teacher Letter Template - 7/1/19
    A template letter to send to classroom teachers notifying them that the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will now be a part of their students' school day.
  • Menu Template - 7/1/19
    Monthly menus to record the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program snack each day it is offered.
  • Make the Most of It - 6/28/19
    A checklist of best practices to consider for your school's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
  • Contract for Vended Foods - no renewals - 6/24/19
    Template for contracting with a vendor to provide foods for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - no renewals.
  • Public School List with Percentage of Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Students from School Year 2018-19 - 4/16/19
    To be used to identify schools that have 50% or more free and reduced students qualifying the school as eligible based on school data. Eligibility applies to the 2020 Program Year for the Summer Food Service and Seamless Summer Program (May 2019-April 2020), Afterschool Snack (July 2019-June 2020), and the Child and Adult Care Food (October 2019-September 2020). Family Day Care Home eligibility is re-determined in February 2019 using this data.
  • Snack Schedule Template - 3/13/19
    Scheduling template to inform all those involved in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program service of the time and total snacks needed.
  • Employee Time Sheet - 3/12/19
    Time sheet for employee time spend on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Only necessary when claiming employee labor toward the FFVP award.
  • Budget Instructions - 3/4/19
    Instructions for completing the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program budget during the application period.
  • Claim and Claim Summary Instructions - 3/1/19
    Instructions for submitting a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program claim or viewing the claim summary in CLiCS.
  •  - 2/28/19  pdf iconPDF 
    An example list of fresh fruits and vegetables that can be offered to students on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. This list is not all-inclusive.
  • Parent Letter Template - 11/16/18
    A template letter to send home notifying families that the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable is offered at your school.
  • Production Record Template - 11/16/18
    Food production record specifically for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. The food production record serves as a tool for snack service.
  • Surveys - 8/7/18
    Sample surveys that schools can use to evaluate their Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
  •  - 8/7/18
    Quick reference guide on how to operate the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
  • Safe Food Transportation, Storage and Handling - 5/10/18
    Standard operating procedure for foods transported, stored and handled in the Afterschool Snack Program.
  • Minnesota Participation Poster - 1/8/16
    Minnesota's very own Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program poster to display as a participating site.