Many districts across Washington have tossed out tater tots and hot dogs for healthier meal options, but a lot of them don't have the right equipment in place to make meals from scratch. That could change soon, thanks to a proposed grant in the state legislature.
Inside Spokane's Community School, Chef Rene whips up healthy, fresh meals on a daily basis, but she has some help: upgraded kitchen equipment.
More schools across the state could have state-of-the-art equipment if the Washington legislature allocates funding for the "Apple a Day" program.
"This new 'Apple a Day' grant could help schools purchase equipment that would introduce more whole foods, more fresh foods in a way that's affordable and very nutritious for kids," said Spokane Public School's Doug Wordell.
While The Community School is well equipped in the kitchen, other schools in the district are not.
"We don't have the blenders or the 'Robot Coupes,' and we don't have the ovens. We have an old, stacked convection oven, and they work, but these ovens are over 35 years old," said Wordell.
This grant program would give school districts the chance to have new pieces of equipment to prepare more scratch foods.
In the U.S. one in three kids is overweight or obese. This is a way to fight back, and feed hungry mouths, with healthier options.
The Washington State House of Representatives has allocated $1,000,000 in their capital budget for the "Apple a Day" program. Lawmakers hope they can work with the Washington State Senate to include this in the final budget.