Illinois Adds Schools to Fruit-Vegetable Program


   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois State Board of Education has added 52 schools to a program designed to make sure students eat fresh fruit and vegetables.

In a Monday news release, the board says 267 public and private schools around the state will be part of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program this fall. The program has $4.9 million in federal grant money to spend for the 2012-13 school year. That's up from $4.7 million last year.

The program's goal is to teach students good eating habits. Students get fresh fruits and vegetables at least twice a week. The program also includes nutrition education.

More than 400 schools in Illinois applied to be part of the program for the upcoming school year.

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