Friday, March 6, 2015

USDA awards grants to support schools serving healthier meals and snacks

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be awarding over $30 million in grants to help schools prepare healthy meals for their children. Twenty-five million dollars in grants will help schools purchase needed equipment to make preparing and serving healthier meals easier and more efficient, and up to $5.5 million will provide additional training for school food service professionals.

Colorado was awarded $403,110 for 2014 and $284,322 for 2015.

"Healthier meals mean healthier kids," said Vilsack. "With doctors, parents, teachers and schools all working together, we can make sure we're giving our kids the healthy start in life they deserve."

Since 2009, USDA has provided $185 million in kitchen equipment funding to states and schools participating in the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast (SBP) Programs. USDA provides the funding to states, which then competitively award grants to school districts in order to purchase necessary equipment, giving priority to high-need schools where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

To learn more, including how to apply for grants, go to the USDA.

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