SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced 113 school sites will share $1.49 million from a federal program to help them provide healthier food choices for California students. The 2014 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant program is administered by the California Department of Education.
“These funds will help schools serve more nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to help keep students healthy so they can grow, learn, and succeed in the classroom,” said Torlakson.
School food authorities can use the funds to purchase kitchen and cafeteria equipment, such as ovens, refrigerators, freezers, and steamers. This will help school sites meet the new nutritional standards, which emphasize more fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access to all students.