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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