Over 200 Illinois Schools to Receive Fruit and Vegetables

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SPRINGFIELD – A federal program aims to provide students across the state with access to free fruits and vegetables during the school year.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announces more than 200 Illinois schools will be participating in the federally funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) in the 2015 – 2016 school year.

This will be the seventh year ISBE has administered the program.

Officials say the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will earmark funds to states, and the states then distribute the money to participating schools. This program aims to provide more food options to students outside of regular school meals.

The program focuses on elementary schools as they have the highest eligibility in the free and reduced-price categories within the National School Lunch Program.

Illinois has received approximately $5.23 million to distribute throughout this school year.

A complete list of participating schools is available here.

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