Cumberland County Public Schools was the recipient of a 2020-2021 USDA Equipment Grant. The purpose of the grant was to assist schools to purchase equipment needed to serve healthier school meals, improve food safety, and help support the establishment, maintenance, or expansion of the School Breakfast Program. The grant application from CuCPS focused on improving the nutritional and food quality of the child nutrition program and in improving appeal of meals for students. CuCPS received a total of $34,184 for the purchase of new ovens at Cumberland County Elementary School.
Dr. Chip Jones, Superintendent of CuCPS, noted that the old ovens had been in service since the school was built and that it was definitely time to replace them, especially now when schools are trying to prepare meals for pick-up and delivery during the pandemic.