Free lunch, and even breakfast, could be part of the day where your kids attend school. A federal program is providing $5 million for healthful snacks, too. The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is for students in 239 Illinois schools.
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“The idea is to increase the access to fruits and vegetables – not during the school breakfast or school lunch time, but during the school day, so that they might build in and develop some habits to turn to a piece of fruit when they’re hungry, rather than turning to junk food,” says Illinois State Board of Education spokeswoman Mary Fergus. Fergus says there’s a nutrition education component, too, and some schools may even plan field trips to a farm.