Recent Federal legislation, Public Law 110-234, The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, authorized funds for expansion of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) to all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Elementary schools that represent a State’s highest free and reduced price enrollment are eligible to participate in the Program and are given priority for being selected due to their high need level.   The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools.

Kentucky has been allocated $2,780,123 for use during the period beginning July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2014.  The level of funds provided to any one school must be calculated by funding each student at $50 to $75 per year.

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), Office of Administration & Support is issuing a Request for Application (RFA) from elementary schools, schools containing grades PreK-6, or any combination thereof, to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.  The RFA is posted on the KDE Competitive Grants web page.

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm (EDT).