Good News for Illinois School Cafeterias!

August 10, 2009

By Jean Saunders, HSC School Wellness Director

Last week, Governor Quinn announced that the state of Illinois has awarded $3.6 million in Federal Recovery Funds to improve school cafeterias. The grants have been awarded to 254 schools across the state. The Illinois State Board of Education reported that funding priority was given to schools with plans to purchase equipment that:

  • Lends itself to improving the quality of nutrition to meet dietary guidelines;
  • Improves the safety of food served;

  • Improves the overall energy efficiency of the school nutrition operations;
  • Allows schools to support expanded participation in a school meal program.

The full report is here. [pdf]

We applaud the words of State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch:

“Good nutrition gives children a better chance to succeed in the classroom… These funds will help schools improve their cafeteria equipment and the quality of the meals served for some of our neediest children across the state.”