The Department of Education awarded more than a million dollars to schools across the state. Dianne Barth with Stockton Unified says the district was chosen, in part, because of its efforts to encourage kids to eat.
"We have run into students in high schools who are just skipping lunch and we have worked very hard to renovate our entire high school lunch program. This year they’ll be able to go to a regular food court in the cafeteria."
Barth says providing free and reduced-price meals helps boost academic achievement. Another local district, Washington Unified in Yolo County, will receive more than $67,000 from the program.