Seven area Idaho school districts have received state-administered grants that will allow students to have access to fresh fruit and vegetables at no cost during the coming school year.

Statewide, 124 schools received the grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program selection process gives priority to schools with the highest enrollment of students who qualify for free and reduced-cost meals.

“This selection criterion ensures that the program benefits children who generally have fewer opportunities to eat fresh fruit and vegetables on a regular basis,” according to a news release from the Idaho State Department of Education.

As part of the program, schools are reimbursed for providing fruits and vegetables to all students during the school day, at a time separate from when school meal programs operate.

The program is administered by the State Department of Education “as an effective, creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options for schoolchildren throughout Idaho.”

Area schools awarded grants include:

Culdesac School District: Culdesac School, $3,267.38.

Kamiah School District: Kamiah Schools, $12,359.22.

Lapwai School District: Lapwai Elementary School, $14,277.03; Lapwai Junior-Senior High School, $2,699.14.

Lewiston School District: McGhee Elementary School, $19,604.28.

Mountain View School District: Clearwater Valley Elementary School, $11,790.98.

Orofino School District: Orofino Elementary School, $24,150.20; Peck Elementary School, $1,633.69; Timberline Schools, $7,387.12.

Salmon River School District: Riggins Elementary School, $3,480.47.

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