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Thousands in meal money grants being dished out

Published On: Oct 22 2013 09:22:08 PM CDT
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REDDING, Calif. -

$174,000 being given to nine Shasta County school districts, all aimed at keeping kids healthy.

Here’s a breakdown of how much grant money each school districts will receive, and a part of what the money will go toward:

Enterprise Elementary School District is receiving $32,500 to improve the cafeteria at Shasta Meadows.

Black Butte Union will get $29,000 to expand their breakfast program.

Happy Valley Union will receive $20,000 for new kitchen equipment.

Mountain Union getting $11,000 to add a cooler for milk safety.

Anderson Union will get as much as $9,500 for a new salad bar and reusable trays.

Oak Run will use $7,000 to expand their garden and greenhouse program.

Cascade Union Elementary will receive $6,000 for new food warmers.

Cottonwood Union will also get $6,000 to help pay for new prep-work equipment.

We spoke with the school district getting the biggest bucks, Columbia.

“We were very surprised at that they decided to double the amount of equipment that they were donating to us, and that was very generous on their part and we're very excited,” said Clay Ross, Columbia school district’s superintendent.

They received a total of $53,000 in meal money grants from the Healthy Students Initiative.

The district already has three big plans on the table for the breakfast and lunchtime revamp.

“Increase the amount of scratch made foods,” says Ross. Which means excess sugar, salt and fat can be cut from student’s diets.

Ross says the second part of the plan is working to increase student’s intake of fruits and vegetable.

“The third part is an educational piece, where we're going to use some of the equipment that we're going to purchase to educate children about the healthy choices that they have out there,” says Ross.

All of the funding is being provided by the Healthy Students Initiative.

The group has handed out more than $274,000 in grants in the past two years.