GOVERNMENT OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS
The Virgin Islands Department of Education, State Office of Special Nutrition received funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to assist in the purchase of equipment for School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) through a competitive grant process. Priority was given to SFAs for equipment for schools in which at least 50 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Other focus areas of the grant included: improving the quality of school foodservice meals to meet the dietary guidelines; improving the safety of food served in the school meal programs;improving the overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations; and supporting the expansion of participation in the school meal program. To date, the Virgin Island Department of Education has: 1. Issued an ARRA grant solicitation to SFAs participating in the NSLP. 2. Received and scored ARRA grant applications from SFAs competitively. 3. Awarded ARRA grants to SFAS participating in the NSLP. 4. Transferred funds to or reimbursed SFAs with ARRA funds the VI Department of Education received.