Fresh Produce for 188 Illinois Schools

Illinois has 188 schools taking part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during the 2010-11 school year.

FFVP provides all students access to a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. Fruits and vegetables are available anytime during the regular school day, except during breakfast and lunch when the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are in effect.

"This program not only increases children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables but also teaches them why it’s important to eat healthy foods and exercise," says state superintendent of education Christopher A. Koch. "Incorporating healthy food choices with nutrition education during the school days makes it more likely that students will develop good eating habits."

The 188 schools will share equally in more than $3.3 million based on each school’s student enrollment numbers.

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