BOISE -- Elementary schools in Idaho are eligible to apply now for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which offers food grants in an attempt to create a healthier school environment.

The program's goals are set up to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables eaten by children, as well as the variety of fruits and vegetables kids' experience.

Schools using the program are required to provide fruit and vegetable snacks throughout the school day.

To qualify for the program, schools much meet the following criteria:

  • Be an elementary school (eligible students are pre-K through 6th grade)
  • Operate the national school lunch program
  • Have more that 50 percent of the school's students eligible for free or reduced priced meals

Click here, for more information on the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

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