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N.S. boosts funding to expand breakfast program to every school in the province

WATCH: The Nova Scotia government is announcing more cash for its healthy eating program in schools. Jennifer Grudic reports.

The Nova Scotia government says it is expanding a program to provide breakfasts to children in every school in the province.

It says it is doubling its funding for the School Healthy Eating Program, boosting it to almost $2 million a year.

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The province says the program can now be offered at every school and will allow other schools to expand existing healthy eating programs to include other meals.

The Health Department says that could include vegetable and fruit snack programs, lunches and after-school snacks.

Margo Riebe-Butt of Nourish Nova Scotia says the added funding will mean more fruits and vegetables for students.

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A release says more than five million breakfasts were served through the healthy eating programs last year.

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