ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : FIN-08-070

Date Created : 03/26/2008


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
other: Child Nutrition Dir. Managers
Business Managers
Wellness Committees

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Fiscal and Administrative Services - Dr. Bobbie Davis, Assistant Commissioner
April Distance Education-Funding Opportunity, Arkansas Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Sheila Brown

Phone Number:


Congress has appropriated funds for a limited expansion in all states of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). This is a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program which offers free fresh and dried fruits and fresh vegetables to students during the school day. For School Year 2008-2009, participation in this program is limited to only 25 elementary schools in Arkansas.

The selection of these 25 elementary schools will be based on applications submitted by elementary schools and evaluated using criteria required by federal regulations. This grant is for the period July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009. For School Year 2008–2009, the level of funds provided to any one school will depend on the demographics of schools that are selected to participate in the program.

This is a one (1) year grant NOT ASSOCIATED with the Commodity Distribution/Department of Defense (DOD) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

A Distance Education Workshop will be held on THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2008, to discuss the program goals, the application and selection process and the requirements of the schools selected to participate. The three-hour Workshop will be offered from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. Sheila Brown, Suzanne Davidson and Robert Ginder will review the requirements, application and selection process and benefits of the program. Child nutrition directors, superintendents, elementary school principals, wellness committee chairs, school nurses, bookkeepers and school business officials will benefit from attendance at the Workshop.


This is the last Distance Education program presented by the Child Nutrition Unit for School Year 2007-2008. The programs will resume in September 2008.


Please register for the Workshop directly with a cooperative by March 28, 2008. Follow each site’s process for registration.

The following educational cooperative sites will host this Workshop:

Arch Ford, Room 1, Plumerville - 501-354-2269
Arkansas River, Room 1, Pine Bluff - 870-534-6129
Crowley’s Ridge, Room 2, Harrisburg - 870-578-5426
Dawson, Room 1, Arkadelphia - 870-246-3077
DeQueen/Mena, DM Coop #1, Gillham - 870-386-2251
Great Rivers, Instructional Bldg., West Helena - 870-338-6461
Northcentral, Room 1, Melbourne - 870-368-7955
Northeast, Room 1, Walnut Ridge - 870-886-7717
Northwest, Room 1, Farmington - 479-267-7450
O U R, Room 2, Harrison - 870-743-9100
South Central, Room 2, Camden - 870-836-2213
Southeast, Room 1, Monticello - 870-367-6848
Southwest, Lab 1, Hope - 870-777-3076
Western, Room 1, Branch - 479-965-2191
Wilbur D. Mills, Room 2, Beebe - 501-882-5467

Additional viewing locations:

Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs – 501-624-5286 ext. 17
Lake Hamilton School District Administration, Pearcy – 501-767-2306
Mountain Home High School, Mountain Home - 870-424-6932
Tri District, Fuller Admin. PCSSD, Little Rock - 501-539-0303
Van Buren School District Central Office, Van Buren - 479-471-3113 x1

Training will be cancelled at any site that does not have a registered participant by the deadline.


Handouts may be printed by going to the Child Nutrition Web page after Monday, March 31, 2008. Click on the following:
Monthly ADE Distance Education
School Year 2007-08 Distance Education Program
April 2008

For questions regarding Workshop content and site participation, please contact Sheila Brown of the Child Nutrition Unit (CNU), Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) at 501-324-9502.


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