Proposed Rule on Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

April 3, 2012 – The Proposed Rule on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program was recently published in the Federal Register and is available on the School Meals website. This proposed rule would establish the basic requirements for the operation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) for the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. It would set forth administrative and operational requirements for FFVP operators at the state and local levels. The intent of these provisions is to ensure that the FFVP encourages the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by school children to help improve their dietary habits and long-term health.

Comments on this proposed rule must be received by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service on or before April 24, 2012. All comments can be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or submitted to Julie Brewer, Chief, Policy and Program Development Branch, Child Nutrition Division, Food and Nutrition Service, USDA, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 634, Alexandria, VA 22302.

To read the full rule, click here. You can also read SNA’s submission on the Proposed Rule here.

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