The district got a grant from the government to make more meals from fresh ingredients. This is to promote healthy eating and is part of the nutrition program. Jeanne LaPointe, who is in charge of school nutrition, talked about this to the Regional School Unit 10 board of directors on Monday.
Food plan for local schools.
She said that making sure students have healthy meals is very important at RSU 10. The US government gave $117,000 to the Agency for Agriculture for this purpose.
LaPointe said that the last $50,000 will be used to buy equipment for the nutrition program at Hartford-Sumner Elementary School and the kitchen at Buckfield Junior-Senior High School.
The food program will have a big frying pan called a tilting skillet. It can cook pasta and French toast. There will also be a new oven steamer that works well. Another steamer that can be used as a microwave will be at the Sumner school. It will make small amounts of food.
Programs for work and food.
The district works with AmeriCorps, a group run by the U.S. government. AmeriCorps has over 5 million Americans who volunteer in different areas, not just nutrition. They get paid for their work in different fields.
The website says they are working with FoodCorps, a nonprofit that helps give healthy food to kids in schools. John Glaus, a chef from FoodCorps, was at the meeting on Monday at Buckfield High School.