NASHVILLE (WRCB/AP) - More than 150 Tennessee schools will get fresh fruit and vegetables for their students through grants provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A total of $3.15 million was provided to give students healthy options at low income elementary schools, the state education department said Thursday. The fruits and vegetables are only provided in fresh, unprocessed forms - not canned, frozen, vacuum-packed or mixed with candy.

Each student at the 156 schools selected for the grant will get between $50 and $75 worth of fruits and vegetables over the school year.

School Nutrition Director Sarah White said in a news release that the earlier schools can teach children about healthy eating, the better chance they will live a healthy lifestyle.

Schools receiving grants in our area:

Hamilton County

East Lake Elementary - $21,150
Brown Academy for Classical Studies - $16,750
Calvin Donaldson Elementary - $15,000
Hardy Elementary - $31,700
Orchard Knob Elementary - $21,150
East Lake Academy - $23,100
Birchwood Elementary - $6,950

McMinn County

E.K. Baker Elementary - $16,800

Meigs County

Meigs South – 22,650