District 51 receives a major food services grant

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Colorado Health Foundation lends Mesa County schools a helping hand in the kitchen to help kids stay happy and healthy.

District 51 is the proud recipient of a two hundred $265,000 dollar grant to help with the prepartion of healthier meals made from scratch.

Mesa County schools have already begun incorporating "from scratch" meals into their nutrition plans, new kitchen equipment will make this transition easier.

"Students stay awake and perform better in the classroom after they've received a scratch meal, healthy made lunch versus a processed food lunch," says Dan Sharp of the Mesa County School District.

The school district believes this move towards "from scratch" meals fuels children to be better learners throughout the school day.

Each school in District 51 will be receiving a food processor, and additional steaming and kettle equipment depending on need.

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