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USDA Announces Additional Funding for School Community Kitchens

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USDA Announces Additional Funding
for School Community Kitchens

ALEXANDRIA, Va.,  May 22, 2002 – The Honorable Eric Bost, Under Secretary of Agriculture for the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced today that the USDA will provide the Child Nutrition Foundation with $444,265 to further develop the School Community Kitchens Initiative. 

The School Community Kitchens project provides food to people in need while training low-income individuals for placement in school foodservice positions. The initiative began two years ago with pilot sites in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Florida. Under Secretary Bost made the announcement while touring the kitchen at Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, one of three pilot School Community Kitchens. 

The three-year continuation of the project will provide seed money and both print and Web-based resources to school districts interested in developing School Community Kitchens. “We are excited to be able to expand the School Community Kitchens project beyond the pilot stage to eighteen new communities,” said Marcia Smith, president of ASFSA. “The impact of the new sites will be measurable in the lives that are changed in communities across the nation. 

The program is a partnership between the Child Nutrition Foundation, USDA, and D.C. Central Kitchen, which pioneered the community kitchen concept.  New School Community Kitchens can benefit from three pilot models, a How-To Guide and other resources available on the ASFSA Web site. See Related Links to access these new resources. The three pilot projects employed individuals in child nutrition and foodservice positions, served over 8,000 meals to children and adults, and resulted in new community partnerships. Over 30 graduates of the program found employment in foodservice jobs. 

The Child Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the American School Food Service Association (ASFSA). The Foundation’s commitment to the child nutrition community is integral to implementing positive change in school meals and, ultimately, to the health of school children.

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