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.