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.
Fiscal Year 2020 funding to states: $193.5 million.
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.
* 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”