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Illinois Hopes Grants Will Make Locally Grown Food More Widely Available

The state of Illinois is getting nearly $540,000 to make fresh, locally grown produce available to all. The money comes from the "Specialty Crop Block Grant Program".
From our affiliate WCIA:

The state of Illinois is getting nearly $540,000 to make fresh, locally grown produce available to all.

The money comes from the "Specialty Crop Block Grant Program".

It'll be split among 12 projects, including the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

In its 10% pledge campaign, the group is asking restaurants and chefs to commit to buying at least 10% of their food from local growers.

"People realize that food grown locally improves their local economy. It improves their community that they live in and honestly, it just kind of tastes better. It's a higher quality, it's fresher," says Drew Thomason with the Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

Illinois says the money will help make nutritious food available to more people.

The state has more than $117,000 acres of specialty crops, which produce nearly $400 million in sales.
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