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Feds Give RI Schools $93K for Healthier Lunches

The funding was part of $25 million distributed nationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Rhode Island was awarded $93,000 in federal funding for school kitchen equipment that officials say will make lunches healthier.

They money was part of $25 million distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to states across the country for similar initiatives.

"Children deserve to eat nutritious meals that will help them grow and focus, and I am glad Rhode Island was awarded these federal funds to update kitchen equipment so our schools can serve healthier meals," U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, said in a statement.

report found that Rhode Island, 91 percent of school districts needed at least one piece of additional kitchen equipment to better serve nutritious meals to students.

Rhode Island officials will distribute the money to local schools, giving priority to schools where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 

BOB I April 23, 2014 at 10:10 AM
your kid gets what moochell deems healthy.
Does It Matter April 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Half of the kids who get school lunch leave most of it on their plate. I know RI is a small state but that small amount is going to amount to nothing, the breakfast for lunch like cereal or yogurt needs to go they need things that will actually fill them up!
HappyDad April 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM
I'd like to know if Rep Langevin has secured any of these funds. Is District 1 the only part of the state to receive any of this money?
Cheap Guy April 23, 2014 at 06:19 PM
HappyDad Rhode Island only received $93,000 because the funds are allocated by the rate of children living poverty. Red States (that normally vote Republican) have the highest number of poor folks (Texas, Alabama, Kentucky Georgia etc) the Red states are the true welfare states
Don Redford April 29, 2014 at 10:38 PM
i think the real question is should children eat in school? It's distracting them from their studies.

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