As the Kodiak Island Borough School District
kicks off classes this week, schools, and more specifically school cafeterias,
can look forward to more Alaskan grown foods gracing lunchtime menus. The
district recently acquired grant funding from the state Department of Commerce,
Community and Economic Development, or DCCED. The Nutritional Alaskan Foods for
Schools Grant Award was given to all 52 districts across the state, but dollar
amounts varied based on size and population of the districts. Kodiak scored
$55, 557 of the more than $3 million the DCCED provided.
said the district has received school lunch grants in the past, but this is the
first of its kind.
-- (KIBSD Food 1 : 27 "The
purpose is to purchase for our lunch program, foods that are grown in
Alaska or harvested in Alaska. Seafood or actual grown produce. And
so our food service department will be engaged in researching what ways
best make those purchases to be cost effective and bring Alaskan grown
to our kids.")
grant calls for Alaskan foods, McDonald said it would be great if the money
could invest in the Kodiak economy and utilize island resources.
-- (KIBSD Food 2 : 20 "Oh
it would be wonderful if we could find an appropriate source here on the island
because not only does it financially benefit someone on the island but it also
saves us in all of the shipping and handling and everything else that makes
providing hot lunch for kids in the district a challenge.")
specifically, McDonald said it would be great to see more seafood on the menu.
-- (KIBSD Food 3 : 23 "Mostly
I'd think I'd like to see what kind of seafood products could make it into our
lunches. We had a fish to schools grant in the past that we have lessons
learned about what works, what the kids will eat and what they won't. So I'm
hoping we'll use what we've learned through that past grant to be able to use
this new grant and use it well.")
said the money will be put into place as soon as possible, and he said Alaskan
grown food items could start showing up in school lunches as early as