Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
CSFA Number: 586-18-0413
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Roxanne Ramage
Short Description
To provide funding to eligible school districts with high free and reduced-price eligible student populations that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to offer and promote the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. FFVP is offered outside of the breakfast and lunch periods.
Subject Area
Program Function
Food and Nutrition
Enabling Legislation
7 CFR 211

Section 511 of Public Law 101-166
Objectives and Goals
To provide free fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary schools with high percentages of children that receive free or reduced-price meals through the NSLP.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Under Section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42. U.S.C. 1769, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), funding is available to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) through an annual transfer of the Agricultural Marketing Service's Section 32 funds. Selected low-income public and nonprofit private elementary schools are reimbursed for produce served to school children outside of the NSLP and School Breakfast Program food service periods.

All participating schools must agree to serve fresh fruits and vegetables free to all enrolled children and to publicize fresh fruit and vegetable availability within the school. Selected schools must be low-income public and nonprofit private elementary schools. Selected schools must serve fresh fruits and vegetables free to all students in selected schools. Selected schools must serve fresh fruits and vegetables outside of the NSLP and the School Breakfast Program.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must participate in the NSLP, serving grades 8 and below, and are then ranked in decreasing order of free and reduced price eligibility. All elementary school children enrolled in schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program receive free fresh fruits and vegetables outside of the NSLP and School Breakfast Program.

The applicant organization must be currently participating in the NSLP. The applicant must be an elementary school as defined by section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 7801). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
The school-level application prototype form is furnished by ISBE. An applicant should consult the ISBE Nutrition Programs as the single point of contact in Illinois for the National School Lunch Program for more information on the process required to be followed for participation in FFVP. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

NSLP sponsors may apply to the ISBE Nutrition Programs annually.

The elementary schools with the highest percentages of free and reduced-price enrollment will be selected. ISBE then enters into an agreement with the School Food Authority (SFA) for its participation in the program. The agreement stipulates that schools will operate the FFVP according to federal requirements for the program.

Applicants’ eligibility percentages are ranked in descending order; per pupil funds (determined by the states awarded amount) based on enrollment are awarded starting with 100 percent eligibility downward until funds are exhausted with lowest enrollment number a determining factor if eligibility percentage is equal. ISBE is responsible for selecting schools based on high free and reduced-price enrollment percentages. Schools may be renewed annually through a re-application process (or modified application process), depending on their free and reduced-price percentage ranking each year.
Assistance Consideration
Statutory Formula: The FFVP is funded through a statutory formula found in section 19 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.
Post Assistance Requirements
ISBE ensures that each SFA with participating schools maintains and submits reimbursement claim forms monthly in order to receive reimbursement. Financial Status Reports (FNS-77 or FNS-425) are due quarterly. Reviews are performed in conjunction with scheduled Administrative Reviews (AR) of NSLP regulations. Documents are maintained on file at the site or the SFA office for the current year, plus three years prior. In the case of an audit or investigation that extends beyond the three years plus current year, documents must be kept until the audit or investigation is completed.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $4,834,267
FY 2018 : $4,834,267
FY 2019 : $4,270,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
15016299025-4240(20)City of Chicago SD 29907/01/201909/30/2020445,121
50082189022-4240(20)East St Louis SD 18907/01/201909/30/202045,349
51084186025-4240(20)Springfield SD 18607/01/201909/30/202044,135
06016089002-4240(20)Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview 8907/01/201909/30/202033,863
31045131022-4240(20)Aurora East USD 13107/01/201909/30/202031,703