The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will impact 178-Wisconsin schools.  Students are eating more fresh fruits and vegetables during the school year thanks to a federal program which began in 2002.  Wisconsin’s share of the 150-million dollars available nationwide is just over 3-million.  Grants to schools are expected to reach over 59,000 students.  State Superintendent Tony Evers said, “because children from low-income families tend to have fewer nutritional options and less exposure to fresh produce, the USDA developed the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.  The goal is to increase fruit and vegetable consumption among students in the nation’s poorest elementary schools by providing free fresh fruits and vegetables to students.  Locally, schools receiving the grants for the 2012-2013 school year include, Grayside and West Side Elementary schools in the Mauston School District, Adams-Friendship Elementary School, Grand Marsh and Roche-A-Cri Elementary Schools, the La Farge Elementary School, the Necedah Elementary School, and Wonewoc Elementary School.