Fresh Food for Area Students

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More money is available for a program that brings fresh produce to Illinois students. The Illinois State Board of Education announced more than 200 schools in Illinois will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Public and private schools will share in more than $4.7 million. That’s up from last year’s $3.3 million.

Mary Fergus…a spokeswoman for the Illinois State Board of Education…says the program benefits districts with the poorest students…

Eligible schools can spend between $50 to $75 per student on fresh produce. Some schools even make the food part of the curriculum with activities like fruit of the day. Participating Springfield schools include Black Hawk, Graham, and Laketown. The Hope School will also receive money.

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