NATO Summit funds invested in school nutrition programs
December 16, 2012 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Even more Chicago Public Schools students will be growing their own food next year.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday a $1 million investment into the school system's gardening and nutrition programs.
All of the money is left over from last spring's NATO Summit.
Emanuel says that the programs can have a huge impact on students' nutrition.
"Sixth graders who in a garden-based nutrition education, they consumed more than double the fruits and vegetables of the other students, based on the fact that their hands-on experience with fruits and vegetables and easy access," he said.
About 100 schools will be getting the new gardens, up from just a handful now.
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