One of our elementary schools received a very generous USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant. We are very proud that Friendship Elementary was chosen and students will be able to learn about and taste a variety of new fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the 2020-21 school year.
The goals of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) are 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
2021 Friendship Elementary FFVP Letter
*The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program encourages consumption of fruits and vegetables by making fruit and vegetable snacks available at no cost to all children in participating schools. The Nutrition Programs Title of the 2002 Farm Act provided $6 million for USDA to award to schools through a Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program (FVPP) for the 2002-03 school year. The program has since become a permanent program that was expanded to cover selected schools in all 50 States, as part of the 2008 Farm Bill.
**Copied from USDA website