Several schools across Ohio will receive more federal funds ($1.1 million) for their food service departments, as Nichole Hannahs of Whiznews reports. The Associated Press writes that 79 Ohio schools and other providers — all participants in the National School Lunch program — were awarded the competitive grants.
Much of the money will go toward purchasing new food service equipment, such as ovens, freezers and serving-line counters. The Ohio Department of Education's press release also states that some of the grantees will receive point-of-sale systems.
Promoting healthier eating is a chief goal of the funds, as the AP notes:
"The funds are expected to help schools to serve healthier meals, improve food safety and expand accessibility to food services," reports the AP, adding "priority was given to schools with limited resources along with those in underserved areas, where more than half of enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals."
High-need schools (i.e. those in underserved areas, or institutions that have limited access to resources and up-to-date food service equipment, where over half of enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced price meals) received priority in terms of funding. Schools within this group, who had not previously received an Equipment Assistance Grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Fiscal Year 2010, received additional priority.
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