03-11-2014 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #16


Title
2014-15 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant

Discussion
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) authorizes funds for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for all states.  FFVP grant funding is available for the period of July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 for elementary schools.  One of the criteria for the grant is that eligible schools must have 50 percent or more students who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  The highest priority will be given to schools with the highest percentages of low-income students.  Funds will be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables to be served at no charge to students, while a small percentage of funds may be used for operation and administrative costs incurred for the preparation and distribution of the fruits and vegetables.  Funding is estimated at $114,800 and does not require a cash match.  The application packet for each school must be submitted to the Florida Department of Consumer Services, Food and Wellness no later than April 1, 2014.  Selection of the schools will be made in mid-April.  A copy of the application is available in the Office of Food and Nutrition Services for review.  Should we be successful in obtaining the grant funding, this item will be brought back to the School Board for approval.

Recommendation
Approve the submission of the Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) application packet for the following elementary schools:  Cambridge , Endeavour and Saturn.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 3/11/2014

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Food Services

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
15$30,100$30,1004101041TBDTBDTBDTBD
15$42,950$42,9504101051TBDTBDTBDTBD
15$41,750$41,7504101131TBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact

   Kevin Thornton, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, ext. 690 

   Judy R. Preston, Associate Superintendent, Financial Services, ext. 600