The federal Department of Agriculture has allocated $3.9 million to New Jersey schools so they can obtain fresh produce for students during the day and offer them an education in nutrition.
The goal is to expose children to healthy foods, increase fruit and vegetable consumption, and give them a good start toward positive lifelong dietary habits.
The program will benefit about 76,000 students in 144 schools throughout the state. The criteria for selection were schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for reduced-price lunch programs and those that said they wanted to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables. A list of all the schools selected is available online.