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Head Start Central Kitchen Initiative

Health Equity Considerations

The Head Start Central Kitchen initiative is designed to promote healthy eating in SLCAP Head Start sites by providing high-quality, nutritious meals to children and staff.  Among children enrolled in SLCAP Head Start, 60% are of Hispanic or Latino origin and the primary racial groups include the following: White (84%), Black or African American (6%), and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (6%), and Asian (3%). Among families with children enrolled in SLCAP Head Start, 100% are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals based on family income requirements and almost 50% receive services from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  The SLCAP Head Start sites are located on the west and south sides of Salt Lake City and County and the more rural Tooele County; these populations typically have lower incomes as compared to the east side of Salt Lake County.