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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

For more than a decade, United Fresh has been the lead advocate for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). FFVP provides four million students in our nation’s lowest income elementary schools with a fresh fruit or vegetable snack three to five days a week. Funding is distributed to states on a formula basis, and state agencies select participating schools through an application process. FFVP schools collaborate with their produce distributors to provide students with a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks throughout the school year.

Extensive evaluation has been conducted on FFVP – establishing it as a catalyst for creating healthier school food environments by increasing fruit and vegetable consumption and introducing students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables – all while not increasing students’ overall caloric intake. One study found that FFVP reduced obesity in participating children and the World Health Organization recognizes FFVP as effective global strategies to improve nutrition and reduce obesity.

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Funding

Fiscal Year 2020 funding to states:  $193.5 million.

Policy

FFVP is a unique program in that jurisdiction for its operation and funding fall within two legislative bills: the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Both are considered by Congress in different five year cycles.

United Fresh supports continued funding for FFVP, and maintaining the program as fresh only given its important role in expanding children’s exposure to fresh fruits and vegetables they might not otherwise have access to at school or home.. Please click on your state below to see the 2019-2020 school year profile. 

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas*
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio*
Oklahoma
Oregon*
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee*
Texas
Utah
Vermont*
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia*
Wisconsin
Wyoming

* State has not made 2019-2020 data available.

United Fresh FFVP Activities:

August 31, 2018 | Opposition to Weakening “Fresh” in 2018 Farm Bill

October 8, 2015 | Public Health Advocates Letter to Keep FFVP “Fresh”

Additional Resources:

FFVP One Pager 2019

Evaluation of the Pilot Project for Canned, Frozen, or Dried Fruits and Vegetables in FFVP (January 2017)

Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program – Final Evaluation Report

The Effect of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program on Childhood Obesity

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