Food Safety and Quality to Improve in 39 Washington Schools
OLYMPIA – September 17, 2014 - Many students who headed back to school this fall will benefit from a competitive grant designed to help schools purchase kitchen equipment like walk-in coolers, double ovens and salad bars. Schools submitted grant proposals to Child Nutrition Services at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The US Department of Agriculture provided $590,372 for the grants.
Schools considered for funding had the highest number of students who were qualified to receive free and reduced-price meals, and those that had never received a kitchen equipment grant before.
The amount each school received was based on its application. Equipment purchased through this grant is restaurant-grade, and is expected to last between 20 and 40 years. OSPI will help schools acquire the equipment by providing procurement support and technical assistance.
Most grant winners must spend the funds by September 30, 2015.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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