Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
The US Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides funding for fresh fruits and vegetables to be served to all children in participating elementary schools throughout the school day. It is an effective way of introducing kids to fresh and healthy snack options outside of school breakfast and lunch. The FFVP prioritizes lower-income schools, and is designed to be integrated with other efforts to promote sound health and nutrition. In many schools, the FFVP is combined with food and nutrition education activities in classrooms—and linked to farm to school programs and the purchase of vegetables and fruits from local farms.
To find out if your school qualifies for this program, visit the VT Agency of Education's Website.
Harvest of the Month
A great companion to the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program is Vermont Harvest of the Month, which provides recipes and ready-to-go educational materials for a different Vermont-grown crop each month.
Vermont Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Resources
Not sure what to do with the fresh rutabaga and turnips just delivered to your school? Looking for educational activities to combine with your Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program? The following materials were developed to inspire your Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program:
- Monthly News Bites – ideas to connect your FFVP program to seasonal events and celebrations
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Fact Sheets – from asparagus to turnips
- Education Activities – inspiration for the classroom and cafeteria
- Recipes – divided into three sections: underground vegetables, leafy greens, and dips
- Resources – safety tips for cooking with kids, how to source local produce, student reading, and more
- Seasonal Parent Newsletters – to involve the whole family
If you want to pick and choose, see below.
The following materials were funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and are a collaboration of the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) and Green Mountain Farm to School.