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School Programs:
School Nutrition Programs
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable ProgramThe Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a USDA funded program that provides free fresh fruits and vegetables to children in participating elementary schools throughout the school day.

The goal of the FFVP is 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.
  • Create an opportunity to provide nutrition education.
  • Positively influence children's life-long eating habits.
  • Combat childhood obesity.

Use the buttons to the left to view valuable resources on making the FFVP a success at your school.

For more information about the FFVP, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 1-888-231-9393 or locally at 406-444-2501


Program Administration

Veggies FallingThe FFVP began in 2004 and is administered federally by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and at the state level by the Office of Public Instruction's Child Nutrition Programs – the same agency that administers the National School Lunch Program.

The program is geared toward elementary schools with the highest proportion of free and reduced lunch enrollment, especially those at 50 percent and higher. Total enrollment of all schools selected in the state must result in a per-student allocation of $50 to $75.

To view Your school's allocation amount, click here.

The program runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. Applications to participate in the FFVP must be completed yearly.

FFVP Handbook
Information on implementing the FFVP at your school.

FFVP Toolkit
Features informative webcasts, administrative and promotional resources from USDA and other states, and FFVP photo gallery.

FFVP Claim Form
Use this form to detail your monthly FFVP expenses and keep on file. Do not submit to OPI.

FFVP Equipment Request Form
FFVP administrative funds may be used to purchase large equipment (such as a serving cart or cooling unit.) Purchase of large equipment requires written support.

FFVP 2015-16 Budget Worksheet
Template for tracking operating and administrative costs.

FFVP 2014-15 Training Power Point

Buying Local Produce

Child Holding CarrotsMontana is experiencing much excitement surrounding the growth of Farm to School (F2S) programming. F2S aims to connect local farms with schools to serve more healthful, locally produced foods to students; provide unique nutrition education opportunities; and improve Montana's economy by developing new markets for farmers. These activities include everything from procuring one or more local items for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and other child nutrition programs to school gardens to local food tastings and more!

For more information, visit OPI’s Farm to School webpage.

Program Promotion

NewsboyGet the word out about the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at your school with these useful resources:


Nutrition Education

Children in GrNutrition Education Tools for FFVP Schools

View the categories below for curriculum guides and activities to make fresh fruits and vegetables exciting!

For more nutrition education resources, contact Katie Bark, Montana Team Nutrition,, 406-994-5641.