215 Illinois schools get money for healthy eating - KMOV.com

215 Illinois schools get money for healthy eating

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DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois children will enjoy the tastes of fresh fruits and vegetables this school year thanks to a statewide healthy eating program.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports ( http://bit.ly/q2W1ed ) that the Illinois State Board of Education will give out more than $4.7 million in federal money to 215 schools as part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. About 370 Illinois schools applied for the grant money.

Board chairman Gery Chico says the initiative will give students access to "a wider range of fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day." Schools are given money monthly to buy fresh produce for students.

Teachers at Middlefork School in Danville have used the money to expose students to produce they may not have eaten before, such as kiwis, mangoes, melons and radishes.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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