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Fruit and Vegetable Opportunities at the Arizona Department of Education. Jessica Creed-Capsel Director of Food Distribution, DOD Fresh Produce, Farm to School, and School Gardens (602) 542-8781 or [email protected] Objective.

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Fruit and vegetable opportunities at the arizona department of education

Fruit and Vegetable Opportunities at the Arizona Department of Education


Jessica Creed-Capsel

Director of Food Distribution, DOD Fresh Produce, Farm to School, and School Gardens

(602) 542-8781 or

[email protected]


Objective
Objective

To educate you on the programs available through the ADE that can help bring fruits and vegetables into Arizona schools.


Welcome
Welcome!

  • USDA Foods

  • DOD Fresh Produce

  • FFVP

  • Farm to School


Usda foods
USDA Foods

  • Participants of the National School Lunch/Breakfast Programs

  • Makes up 15-25% of school lunch

  • Protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables (fresh, canned, and frozen, dried) – 180 different items


Usda foods1
USDA Foods

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Over $326 million in 2010

  • Canned fruit – always extra light sucrose; unsweetened applesauce

  • Canned vegetables – 140mg of sodium or less

  • Fresh options available

  • New items for 2011-12 ** Dried fruit mix, figs, fresh apples


Usda foods2
USDA Foods

  • Schools purchase these foods using USDA entitlement dollars, not out-of-pocket dollars

  • Program is customer driven

  • Arizona received $26 million in USDA Foods entitlement for school year 2011-12

    • 25% Fruits and Vegetables

    • 22% Beef

    • 11% Chicken

    • 22% Cheese


Usda foods in arizona
USDA Foods in Arizona

Arizona’s USDA Foods for school year 2011-12

  • Vegetables: carrots, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, peas, corn, tomatoes/tomato sauce, black-eyed peas, salsa

    • Beans: green, turtle, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, refried

  • Fruits: apples, oranges, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, pears, fruit mix, figs, raisins


Arizona nutrition network usda foods
Arizona Nutrition Network & USDA Foods

  • Promote the use of USDA Foods in the schools you work with

  • Provide nutrition education around the types of fruits and vegetables the school receives via USDA Foods

  • Encourage schools to choose the healthiest USDA Foods


Department of defense fresh produce program
Department of Defense Fresh Produce Program

Overview

  • 1993 – piloted in eight states ($3.2 million)

  • Partnership between DOD Troop Support & USDA

  • Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 sets aside $50 million/year to support the program in all participating states including US territories


Dod program overview
DOD Program Overview

  • USDA Entitlement Dollars

    • Used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables

      • Supplement where USDA Foods cannot provide fresh

    • All American grown produce

    • Purchase through a single distributor

      • Stern Produce

        • - Sign a long term contract with the DOD Troop Support to provide service to schools and military bases

        • - Responsible for procurement, storage and distribution using commercial industry practices


Dod fresh in arizona
DOD Fresh in Arizona

Arizona –

  • 2010-11 received $1.35 million (32 schools)

    • End of year balance was $0.25

  • 2011-12 received $2.5 million (50+ schools)

    Entitlements range from $700 - $250,000


Benefits of dod fresh produce
Benefits of DOD Fresh Produce

  • Offer fresh fruits and vegetables for school lunches/breakfast

  • Receive weekly deliveries of only the amounts ordered

  • Door-to-Door delivery direct to warehouse, kitchen, or school sites

  • Schools purchase these foods using USDA entitlement dollars, not out-of-pocket dollars

  • Local produce options


How to get on the program
How to get on the program

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program

  • Participate in the USDA Foods Program

  • Contact ADE’s Food Distribution team

    • Open enrollment

    • No minimum Free/Reduced %

    • Must have available entitlement

    • Must spend your money!


Arizona nutrition network dod fresh produce program
Arizona Nutrition Network & DOD Fresh Produce Program

  • Promote the DOD Fresh to schools

  • Encourage schools to participate and to maximize their DOD entitlement dollars

  • Encourage variety in their DOD purchases


Background of ffvp
Background of FFVP

  • Pilot Program began in 2002 -2003 school year

    • 4 states and 1 ITO

  • 2004 National School Lunch Act

    • 4 additional states and 2 ITO’s

  • 2006 Appropriations Act

    • 6 additional states


Background of ffvp cont
Background of FFVP (cont.)

  • Farm Bill became law on May 22, 2008

    • Amended NSLA by adding Section 19, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

    • National program in 50 states

    • $49.9 million for the 2008-2009 school year


Program goals
Program Goals

  • Goals of FFVP

    • 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 diet to impact their present and future health


Funding
Funding

  • 2011-2012 school year, Arizona was awarded $3,162,258

  • USDA requires states to allocate $50-$75 per student, per school

  • Arizona allocated $52.67 per student

  • Reimbursement program

    • Use it or lose it


Program regulations
Program Regulations

  • What can be served?

    • Fresh fruits

    • Fresh vegetables

  • Encourage children to enjoy produce in their natural state


Program regulations cont
Program Regulations (cont.)

  • What can be served in limited amounts?

    • Vegetable dips (low-fat or fat free, yogurt based)

    • Cooked fresh vegetables (not canned, frozen or dried) that are part of a nutrition education lesson can be offered once a week


Program regulations cont1
Program Regulations (cont.)

  • What cannot be served?

    • Processed or preserved fruits and vegetables (canned, frozen, dried or vacuum packed)

    • Dip for fruit

    • Fruit leather

    • Jellied fruit

    • Purchased freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juice

    • Smoothies

    • Trail mix and nuts

    • Cottage cheese

    • Fruit and veggie pizzas


Program regulations cont2
Program Regulations (cont.)

  • Who can have fruits and vegetables?

    • Students who normally attend your school (PreK - 8)

    • Head Start children

    • Split session kindergarten classes

    • School staff and parents if they are consuming with the students demonstrating behavior


Program regulations cont3
Program Regulations (cont.)

  • Who cannot have fruits and vegetables?

    • Community members

    • Parents if students are not involved

    • School staff eating the produce alone


Program regulations cont4
Program Regulations (cont.)

  • When can you serve?

    • Only during the school day but not during meal times


Program regulations cont5
Program Regulations (cont.)

  • Where can you serve?

    • Classrooms

    • Cafeteria (not during meal times)

    • Playground/Recess

    • Offices

    • Hallways

    • Kiosks/Carts

    • Free vending machines

    • As part of nutrition education activities


Nutrition education
Nutrition Education

  • Not required, but recommended

  • Nutrition Education materials are not reimbursable

  • ADE has partnered with Arizona Nutrition Network for materials















Arizona farm to school
Arizona Farm to School

  • New venture for Arizona

  • Creating partnerships with agricultural agencies (AZ Dept of Ag, Farm Bureau, Cooperative Ext, Arizona farmers)

  • Partnering with DOD vendor, Stern, to offer local produce to DOD participants




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