The CNMI Public School System is asking for additional funding from the federal government for the implementation of its summer food service program, which serves meals to schoolchildren during summer.
PSS federal programs officer Tim Thornburgh endorsed to the Board of Education a revised grant application for the PSS Nutrition Assistance Grant, which proposes to add $466,110 for the 2013 summer service food program.
Thornburgh said the summer food program will operate at 23 school sites and will serve an estimated 63,228 breakfasts and 106,348 lunches to 1,437 students attending this two-month program.
PSS was earlier approved $10.23 million in funding under the NAG. PSS wants to increase this to $10.7 million this school year.
According to Thornburgh, the bulk of the grant, amounting to $9.7 million, or 93 percent, will be used for the Child Nutrition Programs. PSS plans to serve breakfast and lunch to an estimated 13,800 children in 52 schools and 10 Head Start Centers. Thornburgh estimated that more than 1.1 million breakfasts, 1.8 million lunches, and 818,010 snacks will be served to 13,800 students attending public and private schools.
A portion of the NAG will be used for Nutrition Education, which is budgeted for $150,000. This program provides education and training to food service staff, teachers, and students. The training and informational services will focus on sound nutritional practices, the importance of a balanced diet, and meeting the school wellness goal of 60 minutes of moderate to vigorously daily exercise for students and school staff.
Another $150,000 is being eyed for equipment and facility improvements to support the nutrition assistance program.
Some $200,000 will be used for program administration. These costs, in addition to staff salaries, include telephone, transportation, travel, supplies, and other program-related expenses.