These funds allow school food authorities (SFA) to purchase food service equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal pattern requirements, replace outdated and worn equipment, improve food safety, and help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program.
The NSD will give priority to those SFAs that have not received an EAG since 2019. The NSD will also give priority to those SFAs that can explicitly document how the equipment purchased will reflect the intent of the grant with specific emphasis on impacting nutrition quality, serving healthier meals, and meeting nutritional standards as well as how the SFA will sustain these improvements in the years to come.
SFAs should keep the following criteria in mind when applying for the equipment grant:
Definition of Equipment:
Equipment requests may include new or renovated equipment. For purposes of this grant, the CDE may award equipment with a per unit cost of $1,000 or more.
It is also permissible for SFAs to set their own lower capitalization threshold for equipment. In such cases, an SFA can purchase a piece of equipment at a lower cost that meets or exceeds that SFA's capitalization threshold. SFAs with a lower capitalization threshold must include in their application an official board or district policy granting the lower threshold. The CDE will assign the federal threshold of $1,000 to SFAs that do not submit an official policy of a lower capitalization threshold at the time of application.
Estimated Total Program Funding: