USDA’s school kitchen grants benefit students and more — of course

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The National School Lunch Program is turning 70 in 2016, and kitchens in many of the more than 95,000 schools that participate in the program are nearly as old. Aging infrastructure and equipment, much of it designed to heat or handle pre-packaged rather than fresh foods, pose significant barriers to school districts’ efforts to adapt to the preferences and dietary needs of today’s students. To address these challenges, Congress appropriated nearly $200 million over the past six years for U.S. Department of Agriculture kitchen equipment grants, which have helped thousands of schools purchase needed upgrades.

The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project — a joint initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — commissioned a series of case studies to explore the effects of this federal funding on students and meal programs…

The research found that equipment purchased with USDA grant funds has…

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