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Hundreds of IL schools to receive free fruits and vegetables

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Students across Illinois will have more healthy options in their school lunches.

The state's Board of Education announced more than 200 schools will have access to free fruits and vegetables this school year through a federal program that aims to put children on the right nutritional path for life.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides money to states, which then distributes the money to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

Illinois received $5.23 million to distribute for the 2015-2016 school year.

"We are thrilled to offer this program again for Illinois schools", says State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tony Smith.  "Many studies support the connection between proper nutrition and education.  These healthy snacks can help fuel the brain and also teach kids smart choices."

Locally, the Cairo, Mount Vernon, and Meridian school districts participate in the program.

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