FRESH FRUIT & VEGETABLE PROGRAM (FFVP)
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.
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.
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
- General information
- Program history
- Program fact sheet
- Guidance and resources
- Parent brochure
- Teacher flyer
If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback about the program, please email Valerie Bius at email@example.com.
**Vegetables have been heat-treated and are not raw, so they are safe to eat.**
More resources can be found online here.
NOVEMBER 2021 MATERIALS
- November 3 - Kiku Apples fact sheet
- November 4 - Collard Greens fact sheet
- November 5 - Kiwi Slices fact sheet
- November 16 - Green Beans fact sheet
- November 18 - Persimmons fact sheet
- November 19 - Kinzu Apples fact sheet
Click here for the November 2021 FFVP menu calendar.
DECEMBER 2021 MATERIALS
- December 2 - Red/Green Apple Chunks fact sheet
- December 3 - Cabbage Mix fact sheet
- December 8 - Pineapple and Cantaloupe fact sheet
- December 9 - Radish fact sheet
- December 10 - Pink Lady Apples fact sheet
- December 16 - Roe Tangerines fact sheet
- December 17 - Cara Cara Oranges fact sheet
Click here for the December 2021 FFVP menu calendar.
ELIGIBLE SCHOOLS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
|Fresh Fruit||and Vegetable||Program|
|Ortega Elementary||Ruth N Upson Elementary||Arlington Elementary|
|Thomas Jefferson Elementary||Venetia Elementary||Spring Park Elementary|
|Biltmore Elementary||Ramona Elementary||Garden City Elementary|
|Hyde Park Elementary||Englewood Elementary||San Jose Elementary|
|Pinedale Elementary||Windy Hill Elementary||Timucuan Elementary|
|Long Branch Elementary||Susie E. Tolbert Elementary||Rufus Payne Elementary|
|S.A. Hull Elementary||Parkwood Heights Elementary||Holiday Hill Elementary|
|Martin L. King Elementary School||Normandy Village Elementary||Greenfield Elementary|
|Mayport Elementary||Merrill Road Elementary||Jacksonville Heights Elementary|
|Don Brewer Elementary||Kings Trail Elementary||Mamie Agnes Jones Elementary|
|Arlington Heights Elementary||Neptune Beach Elementary||Pine Estates Elementary|
|Twin Lakes Academy Elementary||West Riverside Elementary||Abess Park Elementary|
|Enterprise Learning Academy||Oak Hill Elementary||Henry F. Kite Elementary|
|Whitehouse Elementary||Woodland Acres Elementary||Cedar Hills Elementary|