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Grant money to make fresh produce more widely available

SPRINGFIELD -- The state will get nearly $540,000 to make fresh, locally-grown produce available to all.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state will get nearly $540,000 to make fresh, locally-grown produce available to all. The money comes from the "Specialty Crop Block Grant Program."

It will be split among twelve projects including the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. In its Ten Percent Pledge Campaign, the group is asking restaurants and chefs to commit to buying at least ten percent of their food from local growers.

The state says the money will help make nutritious food available to more people. Illinois has more than 117,000 acres of specialty crops which produce nearly $400-million in sales.
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