Two Kern County schools receiving funding to encourage healthy eating

Posted at 12:09 PM, Sep 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 15:09:19-04

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) office was one of 50 recipients for a grant to make cafeteria changes for the 2016-17 school year.

The grant’s purpose is to make changes in cafeterias designed to encourage students to choose nutritious foods.

Buttonwillow Elementary School and CLC Tech/Blanton Academy will receive $7,000 each to build cafeteria staff’s capacity and create healthy eating educational signage.

CLC Tech/Blanton Academy will also open a salad bar.

The grant comes from the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California Program. The program is designed to help schools redo lunchrooms and food menus based on strategic changes.

Kern County is considered the least healthy county in California. More than 60 percent are considered obese, according to the CDC in 2015.