October 13, 2014
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson
Announces Winners of Federal Nutrition Grant
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.
Priority for funding is given to schools where at least half of their enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. This is the second allocation of equipment assistance grant funding.
Research shows that when children are physically active and eat nutritious meals their attendance improves and they perform better academically. This furthers Torlakson's Team California for Healthy Kids initiative to help families make healthy choices for their children, which helps their academic achievement.
For a complete list of the school sites, visit the California Department of Education's
Funding Results: 2014 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants Web page. [Note: the link to the Funding Results page is no longer active.]
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100