The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a grant opportunity (USDA) for schools to provide children with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, at no cost to the children. The goal of the program is to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables among school-aged children, educate students about the benefits of fruits and vegetables, and expose them to new varieties. Teaching children healthful eating habits may help promote a healthy school environment, improve student health, and help combat childhood obesity

Sixty-one DPS schools have been selected to participate in the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2015-2016 school year. Students at these schools will be served a fresh fruit or vegetable snack four days per week. Teachers may request a nutrition education presentation for their class at any time throughout the year by contacting Jennifer Cook at 720-423-5605 or Many nutrition education resources for teachers are available at the link below.

Some important points to remember:

  •       The snack must be served during the regular school day and cannot be served as students are leaving for the day.
  •       The snack is not to be used as a reward or denied as a punishment.
  •       Unfortunately, we cannot serve the fruits/veggies at functions for parents; only students and teaching staff can partake and only    during the school day.

The Food and Nutrition Services department applies to the Colorado Department of Education for eligible schools each year in April. Eligible schools must be elementary level and have at least 50% Free/Reduced Price eligibility. Please contact your Area Supervisor if you are interested in applying for the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program for the 2016-2017 school year.

Nutrition Education Resources

Daily Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Education Activities [pdf]