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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to introduce children to a wide variety of fresh produce.
Making the Connections for Minnesota-Grown Fresh Fruits and Vegetables was an innovative project funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The project connected specialty crop producers to an emerging market of schools that receive funding through the federal USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program. The purpose of the project was to:
- Increase the use of Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables in school and at home and
- Help students and their families appreciate the taste and healthful benefits of Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables.
In this section, you will find resources to help you connect Farm to School with the FFVP. Minnesota schools and produce suppliers have shared their best practices with you via fact sheets, videos and a variety of educational and outreach tools.
Tips for schools and produce suppliers to serve local produce as part of the FFVP.
Learn how Minnesota schools, farmers and distributors are working together to make Farm to School a success.
Educate students, their families, and school staff about the nutritional benefits and availability of Minnesota grown produce.