Grant improves school kitchens, kids eat healthier

Posted at 2:44 PM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 14:44:14-04

Students at 95 schools statewide are eating healthier due to almost $1 million received for food-service upgrades, according to the Michigan Department of Education and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan.

The MDE was awarded $639,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance grant funds to 45 schools in 18 districts, and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan added $250,000 to bring the total to nearly $990,000.

Districts are using the funds to improve school meals through upgrades to their kitchen equipment and infrastructures.

“Tens of thousands of students at these schools are, or will be, benefiting from more nutritional foods because of this funding,” State Superintendent Brian Whiston said in a statement. “I’m so glad to see partnerships like this because they’re able to pool resources and expand their reach to help more of Michigan’s kids.”

According to a release, the Lansing School District received $41,757 from the grants. To see additional schools and the grant amount, click here.

“The United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Michigan dairy farm families have supported school nutrition for more than 100 years, and we are excited to work with the USDA to continue that tradition,” said UDIM Chief Executive Officer Sharon Toth.