Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options to children in elementary schools.

The healthy fruit and vegetable snacks are provided to children at no cost. They are offered separately from the lunch or breakfast meals.

The goals of the FFVP are to:

  • 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 diets to impact their present and future health.

Through an annual application process (early spring), elementary schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are selected to enroll in the FFVP. To be selected for the FFVP, a school must

  • Be an elementary school
  • Represent the highest percentage of students certified for free and reduced price benefits
  • Participate in the NSLP
  • Complete an annual application for the FFVP

For additional information go to:

or contact Sandra Fabrizio, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator.

Becoming a FFVP Sponsor

There are limited USDA FFVP funds.  To be selected to participate in the FFVP a school must:

  • Be an elementary school.
  • Represent the highest percentage of students certified for free/reduced price meal benefits.
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

The application process is announced in late winter.  Selected schools are announced in mid-spring. 

For information on the applicaiton process, contract:

Sandra Fabrizio,
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Coordinator
Sandra.Fabrizio@ride.ri.gov

or

Leslie Capece
Leslie.Capece@ride.r.i.gov

Training & Training Resources

Here you’ll find any upcoming trainings, videos available for viewing, and links to helpful training resources.

Nutrition & Wellness

USDA Nutrition Programs are designed to improve the health and well-being of children and adults. Here is additional information on nutrition and wellness.

URI Snap-Ed FFVP Material

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Reimbursements Rates and Processing Claims

The Reimbursement and Claims section provides information on USDA reimbursement rates, and RIDE's CNP Connect secure claims processing and management system.

For questions regarding processing claims, please contact Leslie Capece.