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NM to get federal grants for school meals

Created: 12/21/2013 12:18 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico is among several states that will share $11 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for improving the quality of school meals.

The funding will help schools purchase needed equipment to make preparing and serving healthier meals easier and more efficient.

In addition to New Mexico, 13 states as well as the District of Columbia and Guam were selected to receive grants based on free- and reduced-price participation in the National School Lunch Program.

Federal officials say the states will competitively award the funds to school districts to purchase equipment. Priority will be given to districts serving a high percentage of low-income children.

Along with other food programs, the agency says the aim is to combat child hunger and obesity and improve the health and nutrition for students.

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