The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a grant program sponsored by USDA which provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.
The goal of the FFVP is to create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices
- Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience
- Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption
- Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health
School districts must apply annually to participate in this program. Within Wichita Public Schools, Nutrition Services and the Department of Curriculum - Physical Education section work together to administer this program. For 2022-2023, the following schools were awarded the grant:
Adams Elementary Harry Street Elementary Allen Elementary Jefferson Elementary Anderson Elementary Linwood Elementary Bryant Elementary L'Ouverture Elementary Caldwell Elementary OK Elementary Cessna Elementary Ortiz Elementary Clark Elementary Spaght Elementary Enterprise Elementary Stanley Elementary Gammon Elementary Washington Elementary Gardiner Elementary Woodland Elementary Gordon Parks Academy Woodman Elementary
- Any student enrolled at the school and be present when the fresh fruits and vegetables are served.
- Teachers directly responsible for serving fruits/vegetables to their students can partake in the fruits/vegetables.
- Nutrition Services will make accommodations for students with disabilities within the FFVP program with the proper form on file.
- Teachers are encouraged to include a nutrition education component to enhance their positive role modeling.
When and How Often is FFVP?
- A fresh fruit or vegetable will be served twice a week.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables must be served during the school day but cannot be served during breakfast or lunch periods.
Examples of Fruits and Vegetables Served
- Orange Peppers
- Yellow Wax Beans
- Finger Limes
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Blood Oranges
- White Asparagus