WBEZ | Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program http://www.wbez.org/tags/fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois schools flock to program that gives students access to produce http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-schools-flock-program-gives-students-access-produce-89905 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-01/RS2697_kids food allergies_Flickr_Wu Ji.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>State officials say 215 Illinois&nbsp;schools will share $4.7 million from the federal Fresh Fruit and&nbsp;Vegetable Program this school year.&nbsp;</p><p>The program gives students in the participating public and&nbsp;private schools access to fresh produce throughout the school day.&nbsp;</p><p>Schools can make the extra fruits and veggies available all day,&nbsp;except during breakfast and lunch.&nbsp;</p><p>The program requires schools to allocate between $50 and $75 per&nbsp;student, with the majority spent on fresh produce.&nbsp;</p><p>The funding runs through June 30, 2012.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The Illinois State Board of Education says this year's grant is&nbsp;up from $3.3 million last year that went to 186 schools. Nearly 370&nbsp;schools applied for this year's grant.</p></p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 16:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illinois-schools-flock-program-gives-students-access-produce-89905