Ill. Schools Promote Healthy Eating Habits Through Grant

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced Monday that 267 schools in Illinois will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during the 2012-13 school year.

The schools, both public and private that already participate in the National School Lunch Program, will share equally in more than $4.9 million, up from last year’s grant amount of $4.7 million that served 215 schools.

“This is a valuable federal program that improves access to great fruits and vegetables,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “This program helps children from low-income families feed their minds and bodies with good nutrition and promotes healthy habits for life.”

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program requires participating schools to allocate between $50 to $75 per enrolled student, with the majority of those funds being spent on fresh produce. Program funding runs through June 30, 2013.

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