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CCHS Receives Kitchen Equipment Grant

Posted On: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Clinton County High School was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Education to purchase new kitchen equipment.  The district utilized the funds to purchase a new combi-oven and a doublestack convection oven, which will greatly improve nutritional value and overall quality of meals served at the high school.  First, serving baked, instead of fried foods can make a substantial difference in the calories, fat, and saturated fat that children consume.  For example, a ½ cup serving of French fries from a combi-oven will have 17% less calories, 55% less fat, and 34% less saturated fat than the same size serving from a fryer.  Food, including vegetables, prepared in a new combi-oven will look very appealing, which may encourage children to try and enjoy healthier items that they do not currently eat.  Popular “kid foods” like French fries and chicken strips are now available in healthier (and tastier) versions, designed specifically for preparation in this equipment.  The new doublestack convection oven will also mean that food will be fresher when the students receive it, improving the overall quality of the school meals.  The Clinton County Food Services Program and the Healthy Hometown Coalition are both extremely pleased with the new kitchen equipment and the positive impact it will have on the high school’s food services program.

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