Two years ago, some Illinois students tasted a fresh peach for the first time because of a federal grant program for schools, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.
In the 2017-18 school year, 13 local elementary schools will receive some of that federal money to introduce their students to fruits and vegetables that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to eat.
An ISBE news release stated that the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program federal grant recipients include schools in East St. Louis District 189, Brooklyn District 188, Madison District 12 and East Alton District 13. The local awards range from $4,000 to $42,000.
All elementary schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program were eligible to apply, according to the release. The program gave priority to elementary schools that had greater free and reduced-price lunch participation.
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At a glance
The following are the metro-east schools that were awarded federal grants through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the 2017-18 school year:
East St. Louis 189
James Avant Elementary
Paul Laurence Dunbar Elementary
Annette Officer Elementary
Katie Harper-Wright Elementary
Gordon Bush Elementary
Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center
East Alton 13
Bernard Long Elementary