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For Immediate Release: April 2, 2009
Contact: Mary Stadick Smith - (605) 773-7228

Schools can apply for food-service equipment grants

Schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program can apply for food-service equipment grants available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

South Dakota will receive approximately $250,000. Schools will be able to use the funds to purchase equipment for the following purposes: 1) to improve the quality of food-service programs, 2) to improve the safety of food served in school meal programs, 3) to improve the overall efficiency of school food-service operation, and 4) to support expanded participation in the school meal program.

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Complete eligibility requirements are outlined on the application.

The grant application is posted on the Department of Education’s Web site at Applications must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2009. Grant recipients will be announced no later than June 8, 2009.

For more information, contact the Department of Education’s Child and Adult Nutrition Services at (605) 773-3413.