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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2020-21 during COVID-19

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DATE: October 23, 2020
SUBJECT: Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Operations for SY 2020-21 during COVID-19 1
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
State Directors
Child Nutrition Programs
All States

This memorandum includes questions and answers intended to provide clarification on the operation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during implementation of alternative child nutrition program operations throughout school year (SY) 2020-21 due to the continued novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

The Secretary has broad authority for the administration of the FFVP, as permitted under section 19 of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) [42 USC 1769a]. FNS recognizes that local program operators are practicing social distancing, and working to limit the amount of time children spend congregating at meal and snack service sites. Therefore, based on the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency due to the novel coronavirus, and pursuant to existing statutory authority, FNS is exercising its enforcement discretion to allow the following flexibilities in the operation of the FFVP. Please note, these flexibilities are effective for school year 2020-21, and remain in effect until June 30, 2021.

FNS appreciates the exceptional effort of state agencies and local program operators working to meet the nutritional needs of child participants during a challenging time. State agencies are reminded to distribute this memorandum to program operators immediately. Program operators should direct any questions concerning this guidance to their state agency. State agencies with questions should contact the appropriate FNS regional office.

Angela M. Kline
Policy and Program Development Division
Child Nutrition Programs




1 Pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (5 USC 801 et seq.), the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs designated this memo as not major, as defined by 5 USC 804(2).
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