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1 School Nutrition Association Annual Conference July 2010 Bill Wagoner Food and Nutrition Service Child Nutrition Division School Programs Section

2 A Brief History Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 Piloted in four states Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act 2004 Permanently authorized the program in participating States Added four states, two ITOs Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 Added six states

3 A Brief History The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 (PL ) Nationwide to non-participating States Authorized FNS to reallocate recovered FFVP funds Authorized 9.9 million The Food Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (PL ), the Farm Bill New Section 19 of the National School Lunch Act New FFVP requirements beginning July 1, 2008

4 Free fresh fruits and vegetables Elementary schools in 50 States, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands The goals of the program are to: Create healthier school environments Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables Increase childrens fruit and vegetable consumption impact children's present and future health

5 Addendum to the Federal/State agency agreement Proper State/local agreements Submit monthly claim for reimbursement Schools submit annual application and widely publicize availability within the school Per student funding range $50-$75

6 Funding July 1, $40 million July 1, $65 million July 1, $101 million July 1, $150 million July 1, 2012 and beyond - $150 million + Based on previous years allocation as adjusted by annual change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)

7 States notified in late winter of funding level for upcoming school year. Funding available in two allocations: July October Expect Congress to make ¼ of SY funds available in July States choose how much of their July allocation they want. Remaining funds available in October

8 State Agency: July Allocation: must be obligated by September 30 th October Allocation: must be obligated by the following September 30 th, within the fiscal year. Schools: July Allocation: must be obligated by September 30 th October Allocation: must be obligated by following June 30, end of the school year.

9 Schools : Must be elementary level Must represent the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced price benefits Must participate in the NSLP Must complete annual application

10 Identify elementary schools with the highest percentage of free and reduced price students Target and conduct outreach to these schools to bring them in the Program Inform high need schools of their priority for participation in the FFVP

11 Actively work with these high priority schools and ensure they have every opportunity to participate in the Program Assist schools with completing the application Per the law, Eligibility based on a high level of need, not on a well written application

12 Example: $136,820July allocation $547,281October allocation $684,101 Total -$25,000 State Administrative funds $659,101Available to schools Range $659,101 / $50 = 13,182 students $659,101 / $75 = 8,788 students

13 State agencies must: provide training on the FFVP ensure FFVP operates according to statutory requirements and all guidance from FNS ensure that claims for reimbursement are reviewed for appropriate expenditures ensure FFVP schools are reviewed as part of any oversight or monitoring activity

14 SFAs should review their schools claims for reimbursement. SFAs may use consolidated claim for reimbursement for their FFVP schools.

15 As part of general oversight of the Program: majority of funds for purchase of fresh produce; labor costs should be kept low States may re-allocate funds between participating schools but must stay within the $50-$75 per student range must provide justification for equipment purchase corrective action measures must be taken on inappropriate claims

16 Clarifies laws requirements regarding targeting and outreach Further clarifications to reflect frequently asked questions Editorial changes New manual will be posted by end of July

17 Some of the clarifications include: RO & SA should be reviewing the FFVP as part of their regular review cycles. FNS strongly encourages contact within the first year of operations with all schools. SA administrative funds should be used to train SFA Program can only be offered during the school day, not before or after school, or during summer school.

18 Schools should offer FFVP as many times as possible during a week. Majority of funds must go towards purchase of fruits and vegetables, labor and other costs must be keep to a minimum. For purposes of the FFVP, vacuum packaging means removing air from sealed plastic bags and is permissible

19 Geographic Preference for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in the Child Nutrition Programs SP , November 13, Applies within the requirements of the Program Purchased produce must be fresh

20 Meal Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Must provide accommodations Plan how this requirement applies to the FFVP within the constraints of a childs medical requirements Plan to use fresh fruits and vegetables

21 Meal Accommodations for Students with Disabilities For example, providing texture modifications such as pureeing. Must be done within the constraints of a childs medical requirements schools should start whenever possible with fresh items, avoid pureeing canned or frozen fruits and vegetables

22 Regulation in clearance within the Division

23 STUDY OBJECTIVES: Determine whether children increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and experience other dietary changes. Describe program implementation; school partnerships; the types and sources of produce and the changes in school meal offerings or competitive foods. Assess the role of additional factorssuch as characteristics of schools selected for the program and the level of nutrition education.

24 STUDY METHODS: National sample of 6,144 students in 16 States among 576 schools. Regression discontinuity design comparing eligible participating schools with non-participating schools Single wave of data collection using 24-hour dietary recalls, web-based surveys, and interviews.

25 STUDY STATUS: Recruitment of States and schools has begun. Data collection will begin during SY

26 USDA Food and Nutrition Service FFVP Toolkit

27 Available Now on the FNS Public Website nd/ffvp/ffvpdefault.htm USDA Food and Nutrition Service FFVP Toolkit

28 1) Webcasts 2) Fact Sheet 3) Templates 4) State and Local Resources 5) Photo Gallery

29 USDA Food and Nutrition Service FFVP Toolkit

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32 Thank You!


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