Illinois schools flock to program that gives students access to produce

August 1, 2011

The Associated Press

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Program gives students in the participating public and private schools access to fresh produce throughout the school day.

State officials say 215 Illinois schools will share $4.7 million from the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program this school year. 

The program gives students in the participating public and private schools access to fresh produce throughout the school day. 

Schools can make the extra fruits and veggies available all 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, 2012.      

The Illinois State Board of Education says this year's grant is up from $3.3 million last year that went to 186 schools. Nearly 370 schools applied for this year's grant.