School Nutrition Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)
The 2002 Farm Bill created an innovative pilot program to provide free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to students in participating schools. Separate and distinct from the schools' existing meals programs, the snack program is intended to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption for their better health.
The original FFVP started as a pilot program in 2002 in four states (25 schools each) and selected schools in one Indian Tribal Organization. It became a permanent program in a limited number of states in 2004 and was expanded to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands in 2008. The program operates nationwide in selected schools with a high proportion of low-income students and provides free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day in elementary schools. The program is estimated to have served 1.8 million school children in the 2009-2010 school year; expectations are that it will reach 3 million students by the 2012-2013 school year.
One of the biggest successes for fruits and vegetables over the past decade, this program funding as increased exponentially as a result of the 2008 Farm Bill. See Program Info on USDA's Website
PBH also plays a role in the policy arena by regularly monitoring policies that support fruits and vegetables. See our 2010 Gap Analysis research report that outlines how federal spending falls short of addressing public health needs and the 2010 National Action Plan Report Card.