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Discounted Food In Schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Some Michigan officials say schools in the state should take better advantage of a program to get discounted foods from the federal government.

The Detroit News reports Tuesday that prior to the 2011-12 school year, at least 54 districts in the state had unused surpluses in the program of more than $20,000, or more than $2.3 million combined. State officials described the surpluses as excessive.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the program is part of an effort to improve the nutritional value of school meals by offering more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Under the program, the federal government buys more than $1.4 billion annually from American farmers and ranchers. It's then distributed around the country to schools that participate in the national school lunch program.

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