What is the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program?
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is an important tool in our efforts to combat childhood obesity. The program has been successful in introducing elementary students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might now have the opportunity to sample. FFVP is a federally assisted program providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to children at eligible elementary schools during the school day. The goal of FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children. The FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education.
Which Kelso Schools participate in FFVP?
Three of our elementary schools were approved to operate FFVP in the 19-20 school year. These sites are Wallace, Catlin, and Barnes. Approval is at the state level and dependent on the schools free and reduced status among other schools in the state. There is no guaranteed approval for any site.
Do other schools receive fresh fruits and vegetables?
Yes. The FFVP is a supplemental program to the regularly scheduled lunch and breakfast programs. FFVP does not effect our districts breakfast and lunch produce options. But, FFVP does allow us to provide new and exotic produce to those schools which we may not otherwise serve, such as kiwi berries or mango.
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FFVP is served to students during classroom time on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s.