Students across Illinois will have more access to fresh fruits and veggies next school year. It is the result of an initiative by First Lady Michelle Obama, who has long-championed eating healthier in our nation's schools. 267 schools will participate in the fresh fruit and vegetable program during the upcoming school year, up from 215 schools that participated last year.
Alton Schools are among the 215 that are already on-board. ARAMARK Food Services' Food Production Manager Don Powers says the kids have many choices.
Two-hundred-sixty-seven Illinois schools will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program during the 2012-13 school year. The program provides all students in participating schools access to a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables at least twice a week. The goal is to expose students to lifelong healthy eating habits.