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.

    image of boy eating celery and smiling while in the cafeteria

    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

    Resource for your Lesson Planning

    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.


    Student crayon artwork of various fruitsDECEMBER 2023 MATERIALS    

    Click here for the December 2023 FFVP menu calendar.


    Student artwork of various fruits and vegetablesJANUARY 2024 MATERIALS

    Click here for the January 2024 FFVP menu calendar.


    Student artwork of various fruits and vegetablesFEBRUARY 2024 MATERIALS

    Click here for the February 2024 FFVP menu calendar.



Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Annie R. Morgan Elementary School Kings Trail Elementary School Ruth N. Upson Elementary School
Arlington Elementary School Lake Lucina Elementary School S.A. Hull Elementary School
Arlington Heights Elementary School Longbranch Elementary School S.P. Livingston Elementary School
Cedar Hills Elementary School Mamie A. Jones Elementary School San Jose Elementary School
Chets Creek Elementary School Mayport Elementary School Seabreeze Elementary
Chimney Lakes Elementary School Neptune Beach Elementary School Spring Park Elementary School
Don Brewer Elementary School Northwestern Legends Elementary Timucuan Elementary School
Englewood Elementary School Ortega Elementary School Twin Lakes Elementary School
Garden City Elementary School Parkwood Heights Elementary School Venetia Elementary School
Greenfield Elementary School Pine Estates Elementary School Whitehouse Elementary School
Greenland Pines Elementary School R.V. Daniels Elementary School Windy Hill Elementary School
Holiday Hills Elementary School Reynolds Lane Elementary School