State Board awards nearly $1 million to improve school cafeterias

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Funds distributed among schools that serve low-income students 


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education today announced the agency has awarded nearly $1 million in federal funds to improve cafeterias in some of Illinois ’ neediest schools. The competitive federal grants were awarded to 57 schools in 43 districts and academic centers that participate in the National School Lunch Program to improve the quality of the meals, increase energy efficiency of cafeteria operations and boost participation in school meal programs.

“This money will help schools make strides toward improving nutrition and access to our free and reduced lunch program,’’ said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We know that good nutrition helps child development and ensures students are ready to learn.’’

Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and those that did not receive a FY09 NSLP equipment Assistance Grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) were eligible to apply for the competitive grant. Participating sites had to have at least 50 percent of students eligible for free and reduced-priced meals.

The State Board will administer $903,000 in grants to NSLP programs. The minimum award under the National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant is $500. The grants may be used to purchase new equipment, renovate or replace equipment. Schools and facilities had to identify in their application at least one of the following federally mandated priorities:

  • Equipment that lends itself to improving the quality of school nutrition meals that meet the dietary guidelines, such as purchasing an equipment alternative to a deep fryer.
  • Equipment that improves the safety of food served in the school meal programs, such as cold/hot holding equipment, dishwashing equipment, refrigeration, milk coolers, freezers and blast chillers.
  • Equipment that improves the overall energy efficiency of the school nutrition operations, such as purchase of an energy-efficient, walk-in freezer replacing an outdated, energy-demanding freezer.
  • Equipment that allows schools to support expanded participation in a school meal program, equipment for serving meals in a non-traditional setting or to better utilize cafeteria space.




Award Amount

Brownstown CUSD 201 Brownstown Elementary


Beecher   CUSD 20 Beecher City Grade


Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4 Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4 Prim


Uno Charter School Network Uno Charter School


Rich Township HS Dist 227 Rich East High School


East Moline SD 37 Glenview Middle School


Berwyn South SD 100 Freedom Middle School


Pikeland CUSD 10 Pikeland Community School


Hoover-Schrum Memorial SD 157 Hoover Elementary


Rantoul City SD 137 J.W. Eater Jr High School


  Broadmeadow Elementary School  
  Eastlawn Elementary School  
  Northview Elementary  School  
  Pleasant Acres Elementary School  
Murphysboro CUSD 186 Murphysboro Middle School


Matteson SD 162 Sauk Elementary School


  Richton Square School  
Calumet City SD 155 Wentworth Intermediate School


Centralia City Schools 135 Centralia Jr High School


  Schiller Elementary  
Vienna 55 Vienna Elementary School


Champaign CUSD 4 Booker T. Washington


  Garden Hills Elementary  
North Greene Unit District 3 White Hall Elementary School


Momence CUSD 1 Momence Jr High School


Calumet Public School District 132 Burr Oak Elementary School


  Calumet Elementary School


Jasper Co CUSD 1 Newton Elementary


  Willow Hill  
  Ste. Marie Elementary  
Luka CCSD 7 Luka Grade School


Pleasant Hill SD 69 Pleasant Hill School


Hope School The Hope School


Glenwood School Glenwood School


Norris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD 3 Booth Elementary School


Iroquois County CUSD 9 Glenn Raymond School


Lake County Juvenile Detention Center Lake County Juvenile Detention Center


Georgetown-Ridge Farm Unit 4 Mary Miller Jr High School


Central City SD 133 Central City Elementary


Bethalto CUSD 8 Bethalto West Elementary School


Jacksonville SD 117 Franklin Middle School


  Lincoln Elementary School  
Laraway CCSD 70 Oak Valley School


  Laraway School  
Danville CCSD 118 East Park Elementary


  South View Middle School  
  Cannon Elementary  
Meridian CUSD 101 Meridian Elementary School


Effingham CUSD 40 South Side Grade School


Mt. Vernon SD 80 J.L. Buford Intermediate Education Center


Bethel Grade SD 82 Bethel Grade School


Meredosia Chambersburg Unit District 11 Meredosia Chambersburg Elementary School


Beacon Hill Preparatory Academy Beacon Hill Preparatory Academy


Community Education Network Village Leadership Academy


Children’s Home and Aid Society Daniel F & Ada L. Rice Ed Center


Joliet Public SD 86 Washington Jr High School


Children’s Center for Behavioral Development Children’s Center For Behavioral Development




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