Food preparation at Campbell County High School will now be faster and better thanks to a grant that will provide funds for new kitchen equipment.
Last week Gov. Phil Bredeson and Dr. Timothy Webb, commissioner of education announced CCHS is among a number of Tennessee schools awarded school food authority grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These grants will fund the purchase of lunchroom equipment for school district’s participating in the National School Lunch Program.
According to Vicki Sanders, nutrition supervisor, the $13,000 grant will be instrumental in the purchase of a new convection oven for the facility.
Sanders said the school’s current convection oven is more than 30 –years- old, which prevents the kitchen from operating at optimum efficiency.
The new oven will be more conducive to the CCHS food service’s method of food preparation, which requires food to be cooked as it is served.
In a press release Webb commented that meals provided in schools are of vital importance to student performance.
“We are very fortunate to be able to provide nutritious meals to our students, especially as we meet the challenges of increased standards next year with the Tennessee Diploma Project,” Commissioner Webb said. “Our children need every educational tool available and that includes nutritional services.”
With budgets stretched to the max, Sanders said the grant will provide money for a purchase that would not otherwise be possible.
“We are very pleased to receive some of the stimulus money because our budget is very limited. This new equipment will help us to better serve the children of Campbell County,” Sanders said.