Illinois awarded $50,000 for healthier school lunches

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Illinois awarded $50,000 for healthier school lunches

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The state of Illinois will be sharing in a federal grant that aims to support schools in offering healthier meals for students.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan Friday announced new grants that will be awarded to 18 states and one territory.

Illinois will receive $50,000.

"When we serve our children healthy school meals, we're making a critical investment in their academic performance, their physical health, and their future," said Merrigan. "Providing nutrition education resources, extending training and technical assistance to food service professionals, and building community support helps ensure that every child in America has a chance to succeed."

Funding is made possible through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

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