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SDE awards grant funds to help 19 Idaho schools upgrade kitchen equipment


The Idaho State Department of Education has awarded federal grant funding to help 19 Idaho schools purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

SDE awarded $125,215.47 through its Child Nutrition Programs.

Schools receiving 2019 grant awards include:




Grant Award

Dietrich School District

Dietrich School

Warming/Proofing Cabinet and Salad Bar


Victory Charter School

Victory Charter School

Planetary Floor Mixer


North Gem School District

North Gem School



Soda Springs Joint School District

Thirkill Elementary School

Convection Steamer


Richfield School District

Richfield School



Bear Lake School District

Bear Lake High School

3 Door Freezer


Lewiston School District

Centennial Elementary



Emmett School District

Emmett Food Service Warehouse

3 Door Cooler


Midvale School District

Midvale School

Convection Oven


St. Edwards Catholic School

St. Edwards Catholic School

Gas Convection Oven


Grace School District

Thatcher Elementary

Convection Oven


Shelley School District

Sunrise Elementary

Steam Jacketed Kettle and Stand


West Jefferson School District

West Jefferson Elementary

High Temp Washer


St. Maries School District

Heyburn Elementary

Dishwasher and Freezer


Cottonwood School District

Prairie Elementary School

30 Qt. Mixer


Cascade School District

Cascade Elementary and Jr/Sr High



Five County Detention and Youth Rehabilitation Center

Five County JDC

Meat Slicer


Kamiah Joint School District

Central Kitchen

Air Cooled Condenser Unit


Boundary County District

Boundary County Middle School

Six Plate Range


“Thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Equipment Grant, schools across Idaho will improve their food service with new equipment ranging from freezers and dishwashers to a salad bar and massive mixers,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra said.

The application process was competitive, with 23 School Food Authorities (SFAs) submitting grant applications totaling more than $170,697 in equipment requests.

Consideration was given to SFAs that had not received previous equipment grants and schools with a high percentage of students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

Other factors in the selection process included expanding meal participation, food safety, energy efficiency, and improving the nutrition and quality of meals.

Grant awards are contingent upon available USDA funds.

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