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North State Elementary Schools Awarded Grants For Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

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Eleven elementary schools in Butte, Shasta, and Yuba Counties are receiving federal grants to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to students in low-income areas.

“Nearly three out of every five students in California are at greater risk of not having access to enough nutritious foods outside of school, which could hurt their ability to concentrate and learn,” said State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson in a press release. “This program takes a bite out of this kind of food insecurity, providing students with the healthy food they need to succeed in careers and college.”

Eligible applicants for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program grant include elementary schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program where half the student population is low-income. The schools must make fresh fruits and vegetables available during the day to all students outside of the school breakfast and lunch programs.

In total, $12.2 million in FFVP grants was awarded to 371 schools. In the table below, you will find which North State schools were selected and the amounts they will receive.