Upgraded kitchens, fresher food slated for Napa schools

When Napa children return to their elementary schools in August, they can expect hot meals made on the premises for the first time.

A combination of federal and school district funding is slated to pay for kitchen upgrades at six campuses, allowing a switch from warming precooked foods to preparing hot dishes on-site.

The Napa Valley Unified School District has gained $73,500 in federal grants for in-school ovens and ranges. In addition, the district board on Thursday approved a call for bids on electrical, ventilation and other improvements to support the new appliances, at an estimated cost of $300,000.

Upgraded kitchens are slated at the Bel Aire, McPherson, Shearer, Phillips and Napa Junction schools. A sixth site, Pueblo Vista Magnet School, would receive a teaching kitchen for student instruction.

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