What is the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program?

    The United States Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides schools with funds to offer students fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day. Duval County Public Schools proudly serve a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables through the FFVP at select eligible elementary schools throughout the school year.

    Image of 5 elementary age kids holding fruit and smiling What is the purpose of the program?

    • Introduce students to fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Create a healthier school environment by providing healthier food choices
    • Expand the variety and overall acceptance of fruits and vegetables that children eat
    • Positively influence children's life-long eating habits

    When and where can fresh fruits and vegetables be offered?

    Through this program, schools may offer fresh fruits and vegetables as a snack during the school day outside of breakfast and lunch. They can be served in classrooms, hallways or outside.

    What can you do to help implement the FFVP?

    Be a positive role model. While the program is targeted at students, it recognizes the important connection among students, teachers and school staff. Teachers serving fruits and vegetables can model healthy eating habits by participating with their students and including a nutrition education lesson.

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    How can you help make the program successful?

    • Nutrition education is required, and teachers are encouraged to reinforce healthy eating with health education.
    • Fresh fruits and vegetables can be brought into the classroom to complement a lesson.
    • Your geography lesson can be reinforced by providing fresh fruits or vegetables from the region you are studying.
    • Studying percentages in math? Use a piece of fruit to show quarters, half, thirds, etc. The best part is the lesson becomes edible!
    • Have fun and be creative!

    Resources for your Newsletter

    If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about the program, please email Valerie Bius at biusv@duvalschools.org.

    **Vegetables have been heat-treated and are not raw, so they are safe to eat.**  

    More resources can be found online here.

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    Click here for the September 2022 FFVP menu calendar.




Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Annie R. Morgan Elementary Hogan Spring Glen Elementary Pinedale Elementary
Arlington Elementary Holiday Hills Elementary R.V. Daniels Elementary
Arlington Heights Elementary Jacksonville Heights Elementary Ramona Elementary
Biltmore Elementary Kings Trail Elementary Rufus E. Payne Elementary
Cedar Hills Elementary Lake Lucina Elementary Ruth N. Upson Elementary
Don Brewer Elementary Longbranch Elementary S.P. Livingston Elementary
Englewood Elementary Mamie A. Jones Elementary San Jose Elementary
Enterprise Learning Academy Martin L. King Elementary Spring Park Elementary
Ft. Caroline Elementary Mayport Elementary Timucuan Elementary
Garden City Elementary Neptune Beach Elementary Twin Lakes Elementary
Greenfield Elementary Northwestern Legends Elementary Venetia Elementary
Gregory Drive Elementary Ortega Elementary Whitehouse Elementary
Henry F. Kite Elementary Parkwood Heights Elementary Windy Hill Elementary