Frazier Elementary pre-k student Chrystal enjoys a nutritious breakfast.
The Pasadena ISD Child Nutrition Department recently received $22,166 in grant funding for kitchen equipment and infrastructure upgrades to enhance the school meal program and ensure students have access to nutritious foods.
The grant, competitively awarded by the Dairy MAX, Inc. and Fuel Up to Play 60, will benefit students at Fisher, Frazier, Freeman, Gardens, Garfield, Jensen, Pearl Hall, Red Bluff, and Stuchbery Elementary Schools, as well as Pasadena Memorial and South Houston High Schools.
The grant funding will be used to provide various mobile food carts for the district’s breakfast program.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen as a recipient of the school nutrition equipment grants,” said Mary Harryman, director of child nutrition services. “These funds will enable our district to purchase mobile serving equipment to provide our students with better access to breakfast. Many students are not able to come through the traditional serving line due to transportation issues in the morning. These grants will enable us to bring breakfast to the students.”
In February, the USDA and National Dairy Council announced the availability of a total of $35 million in federal and private grants to help schools upgrade their kitchen equipment and infrastructure. Eligible school districts nationwide had the opportunity to apply for funds to support the purchase of large and small items including utility carts, utensils, large-capacity food processors, industrial scales, steamers, freezers, etc.
“Approximately 100,000 schools and institutions – more than 43 million children – rely on USDA’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for one to two meals per day,” said Bill Ludwig, Southwest Regional Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service.
“The majority of schools are successfully meeting the meal standards. These grants are part of our ongoing commitment to our nation’s children, and to support school food service departments with the additional resources they need to continue successfully meeting the updated meal standards. Locally, these grants will help to improve access to nutritious meals.”