Grants available for school fruit and vegetable program

The Kentucky Department of Education is taking applications for grants for a program that helps schools buy fresh fruits and vegetables to serve to students.

The department says more than $2.9 million is available through the federal program for the 2015-2016 school year. The deadline to apply is June 8.

The level of funding provided to a school depends on its enrollment.

Schools receiving grants must be elementary schools or be able to separate out elementary school students in a K-12 program. The schools must operate the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of its students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. As much as possible, priority will be given to schools with the largest proportion of children eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

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