Wisconsin schools participate in federal food programSchools in Wisconsin will be sharing nearly $3 million in federal money to pay for fresh fruits and vegetables to serve students as healthy snacks.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Schools in Wisconsin will be sharing nearly $3 million in federal money to pay for fresh fruits and vegetables to serve students as healthy snacks.
The state Department of Public Instruction says 166 public and private schools will share the money starting this fall, which will benefit about 57,000 students.
Schools selected to participate in the program were picked based on the percentage of students who received free or reduced-price meals.
State Superintendent Tony Evers says children from low income families generally have fewer opportunities to eat fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. He says the program will make a variety of the healthy food available to them.