23 February 2023- Whether you remember sloppy joes, turkey dinners, pizza, or even Michelle Obama meals during your school lunches, everyone knows how important meals are to primary school students. Today the Pennsylvania Department of Education is announcing $2.7M in grants to a total of 130 local education agencies (or LEAs) across the Commonwealth to purchase new food service equipment.
“In order for students to learn, grow, and thrive, they need access to healthy and nutritious meals—both in and out of the classroom,” said Acting Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “The Food Service Equipment grants enable schools to have high-functioning equipment and well-equipped cafeterias so that they may better serve hungry minds and bellies each and every day.”
Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools use the grants to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and dishwashers.
Southern Fulton Elementary School is one of the local schools getting new equipment, with $22,647.21 going towards new electric convection oven. In Huntingdon County, Southern Huntingdon Junior High gets a new electric convection steamer.
Fannett-Metal Senior High School is looking at $9,160.82 for a new gas convection oven. Shippensburg Area Middle School will be getting an electric convection oven for the price of $16,499.
Full list from the Department of Education can be found HERE.