Federally-Sponsored Fresh Fruit Coming To Illinois Schools

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — Students from hundreds of Illinois schools will have access to a fresh treat throughout the school day this fall.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, nearly 370 schools applied for the grant from the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. A total of 215 schools got it.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports

The Illinois State Board of Education says the schools will split the $4.7 million in grant money, up from 3.3 million dollars last year.

The recipients include both public and private schools.

Their students will have access to extra fruits and vegetables throughout the day, except during breakfast and lunch.

The program requires schools to allocate between $50 and $75 per student, with the majority spent on fresh produce.

The funding runs through June 30 of next year.

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