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1 Fruit and Vegetable Opportunities at the Arizona Department of Education

2 Jessica Creed-Capsel Director of Food Distribution, DOD Fresh Produce, Farm to School, and School Gardens (602) 542-8781 or

3 Objective To educate you on the programs available through the ADE that can help bring fruits and vegetables into Arizona schools.

4 Welcome! USDA Foods DOD Fresh Produce FFVP Farm to School

5 USDA Foods Participants of the National School Lunch/Breakfast Programs Makes up 15-25% of school lunch Protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables (fresh, canned, and frozen, dried) – 180 different items

6 USDA Foods Fruits and Vegetables Over $326 million in 2010 Canned fruit – always extra light sucrose; unsweetened applesauce Canned vegetables – 140mg of sodium or less Fresh options available New items for 2011-12 ** Dried fruit mix, figs, fresh apples

7 USDA Foods Schools purchase these foods using USDA entitlement dollars, not out-of-pocket dollars Program is customer driven Arizona received $26 million in USDA Foods entitlement for school year 2011-12 –25% Fruits and Vegetables –22% Beef –11% Chicken –22% Cheese

8 USDA Foods in Arizona Arizona’s USDA Foods for school year 2011-12 –Vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, peas, corn, tomatoes/tomato sauce, black-eyed peas, salsa Beans: green, turtle, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, refried –Fruits: apples, oranges, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, pears, fruit mix, figs, raisins

9 Arizona Nutrition Network & USDA Foods Promote the use of USDA Foods in the schools you work with Provide nutrition education around the types of fruits and vegetables the school receives via USDA Foods Encourage schools to choose the healthiest USDA Foods

10 Department of Defense Fresh Produce Program Overview –1993 – piloted in eight states ($3.2 million) –Partnership between DOD Troop Support & USDA –Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 sets aside $50 million/year to support the program in all participating states including US territories

11 DOD Program Overview USDA Entitlement Dollars Used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables Supplement where USDA Foods cannot provide fresh All American grown produce Purchase through a single distributor Stern Produce - Sign a long term contract with the DOD Troop Support to provide service to schools and military bases - Responsible for procurement, storage and distribution using commercial industry practices

12 DOD Fresh in Arizona Arizona – 2010-11 received $1.35 million (32 schools) –End of year balance was $0.25 2011-12 received $2.5 million (50+ schools) Entitlements range from $700 - $250,000

13 Benefits of DOD Fresh Produce Offer fresh fruits and vegetables for school lunches/breakfast Receive weekly deliveries of only the amounts ordered Door-to-Door delivery direct to warehouse, kitchen, or school sites Schools purchase these foods using USDA entitlement dollars, not out-of-pocket dollars Local produce options

14 How to get on the program Participate in the National School Lunch Program Participate in the USDA Foods Program Contact ADE’s Food Distribution team –Open enrollment –No minimum Free/Reduced % –Must have available entitlement –Must spend your money!

15 Arizona Nutrition Network & DOD Fresh Produce Program Promote the DOD Fresh to schools Encourage schools to participate and to maximize their DOD entitlement dollars Encourage variety in their DOD purchases

16 Background of FFVP Pilot Program began in 2002 -2003 school year 4 states and 1 ITO 2004 National School Lunch Act 4 additional states and 2 ITO’s 2006 Appropriations Act 6 additional states

17 Background of FFVP (cont.) Farm Bill became law on May 22, 2008 Amended NSLA by adding Section 19, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program National program in 50 states $49.9 million for the 2008-2009 school year

18 Program Goals Goals of FFVP Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption Make a difference in children’s diet to impact their present and future health

19 Funding 2011-2012 school year, Arizona was awarded $3,162,258 USDA requires states to allocate $50-$75 per student, per school Arizona allocated $52.67 per student Reimbursement program –Use it or lose it

20 Program Regulations What can be served? Fresh fruits Fresh vegetables Encourage children to enjoy produce in their natural state

21 Program Regulations (cont.) What can be served in limited amounts? Vegetable dips (low-fat or fat free, yogurt based) Cooked fresh vegetables (not canned, frozen or dried) that are part of a nutrition education lesson can be offered once a week

22 Program Regulations (cont.) What cannot be served? Processed or preserved fruits and vegetables (canned, frozen, dried or vacuum packed) Dip for fruit Fruit leather Jellied fruit Purchased freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice Smoothies Trail mix and nuts Cottage cheese Fruit and veggie pizzas

23 Program Regulations (cont.) Who can have fruits and vegetables? Students who normally attend your school (PreK - 8) Head Start children Split session kindergarten classes School staff and parents if they are consuming with the students demonstrating behavior

24 Program Regulations (cont.) Who cannot have fruits and vegetables? Community members Parents if students are not involved School staff eating the produce alone

25 Program Regulations (cont.) When can you serve? Only during the school day but not during meal times

26 Program Regulations (cont.) Where can you serve? Classrooms Cafeteria (not during meal times) Playground/Recess Offices Hallways Kiosks/Carts Free vending machines As part of nutrition education activities

27 Nutrition Education Not required, but recommended Nutrition Education materials are not reimbursable ADE has partnered with Arizona Nutrition Network for materials

28 Joseph City Produce Cart

29 Fruit on Cart

30 Recess Snack

31 Apple Lesson at Gila Crossing

32 Cutting Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit

33 Enjoying the Produce

34 Produce Bar

35 Fruit Salad in Somerton

36 Nutrition Lesson

37 Strawberries & Raspberries for a Tea Party theme

38 Table is Set

39 Mixed Vegetable Cup

40 Cucumber Classroom Snack

41 Arizona Farm to School New venture for Arizona Creating partnerships with agricultural agencies (AZ Dept of Ag, Farm Bureau, Cooperative Ext, Arizona farmers) Partnering with DOD vendor, Stern, to offer local produce to DOD participants

42 Questions?

43 DOD Fresh Produce Program vs Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program DOD Fresh Produce ProgramFresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Entitlement “A” fundsGrant Bills sent from vendor to DOD who then pays the bill You pay the bill and submit a claim for reimbursement to ADE (USDA funds) All fruits and vegetables purchased are to be used in the school breakfast, lunch or snack programs All fruits and vegetables purchased must be served OUTSIDE of the school breakfast, lunch or snack program At this time, once enrolled your participation continues; is not based on Free and Reduced % Must apply each year; based on Free and Reduced %

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