We recently were ale to expand our Fresh Fruits & Vegetable Program (FFVP) to grades 6-8 at all K-8 schools. Learn more from Rebecca Robbins about the program and expansion by watching the video below.
What is FFVP?
FFVP is a federal program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture that provides students at participating schools with fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school week.
Who is typically eligible?
Under the federal FFVP program, only elementary schools, that is K-5, are able to participate in FFVP.
Schools qualify to participate in FFVP if they have a high percentage of students eligible for school meal benefits.
What Items are offered?
Only fresh fruits and vegetables are allowable. Within District 6 we offer a combination of whole fruits and vegetables, such as whole apples and oranges, and individually packaged fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, pineapple chunks, and jicama.
Expansion Thanks to Kaiser
Since this program is federally only available to grades K-5, the 6-8 grades at our K-8 sites often felt left out and missed out on many of the benefits this program provides
However, thanks to a generous grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado, we were able to expand the program to include these grades through the end of February 2022. Cost of expansion for all school year would be about $50,000. We hope to secure more funding soon to continue this expansion.