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Brockway, Punxsy, and Clearfield schools get new cafeteria equipment with grant

Clearfield and Jefferson Counties, PA – Brockway, Punxsutawney, and Clearfield School Districts are getting some new cafeteria equipment, thanks to a state grant.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that more than $925,000 in competitive grants has been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the purchase of new food service equipment for cafeterias.

“Students perform better in school when they have access to regular, nutritious meals,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “These grants will help schools upgrade equipment so they can continue to provide the essential meals that students need.”

Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools which participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers.

Under the School Breakfast Initiative, grants of up to $5,000 are available for schools to implement a school breakfast program using an “alternative serving method,” like grab-and-go, or Breakfast in the Classroom. Last year, 151 schools were awarded $592,000 from the grants. The food service equipment grants awarded today can assist schools with purchasing equipment to use in a school breakfast program.

However, that could change under a Trump Administration proposal to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. More than 22,000 Pennsylvania households with school-age children would no longer qualify for SNAP, and therefore school-age children would no longer be directly certified for free and reduced meals. Some grant programs, including the food service equipment program, require a school to meet a specific free and reduced lunch eligibility threshold in order to qualify for grant funding.

A list of schools receiving food service equipment grants appears below.

County – Sponsor – Building – Equipment – Amount

Allegheny County – Steel Valley School District – Barrett Elementary – Reach in Freezer – $3,800

Allegheny County – West Mifflin Area School District – Homeville Elementary – Convection Oven – $6,297

Allegheny County – Penn Hills School District – Linton Middle School – Conveyor Oven, Gas – $18,765

Allegheny County – Steel Valley School District – Steel Valley High School – Convection Steamer – $16,085

Allegheny County – West Mifflin Area School District – Clara Barton Elementary – Convection Oven – $6,297

Allegheny County – West Mifflin Area School District – West Mifflin Area High School – Convection Oven – $6,297

Allegheny County – Brentwood Borough School District – Brentwood Middle School – Zone Merchandiser – $5,553

Beaver County – Rochester Area School District – Rochester Area High School – Milk Cooler – $2,689

Beaver County – New Brighton Area School District – New Brighton Middle School – Kettle, Gas, Tilting – $24,144

Beaver County – Freedom Area School District – Freedom Area Middle School – Convection Oven, Electric – $7,150

Blair County – Spring Cove School District – Martinsburg Elementary School – Double Stack Combi Oven – $34,691

Bradford County –  Canton Area School District – Canton Area Elementary School – Convection Steamer, Gas – $52,367

Bradford County – Canton Area School District – Canton High School – Convection Oven, Electric – $6,373

Bucks County – Pennsbury School District – Penn Valley Elementary School – Convection Steamer – $5,710

Cambria County – Blacklick Valley School District – Blacklick Valley Elementary – Combi Oven, Electric – $14,245

Cambria County – Blacklick Valley School District – Blacklick Valley Junior Senior High School – Combi Oven, Electric – $14,245

Chester County – Oxford Area School District – Jordan Bank Elementary – Reach in Freezer – $3,389

Chester County – Oxford Area School District – Elk Ridge Elementary School – Convection Steamer, Electric – $17,467

Clearfield County – Clearfield Area School District – Clearfield Area Elementary School – Convection Oven, Gas – $8,263

Clearfield County – Clearfield Alliance Christian School – Clearfield Allied Christian School – Refrigerator – $4,485

Clearfield County – Clearfield Area School District – Clearfield Area Junior Senior High School – Convection Oven, Gas – $8,263

Dauphin County – Alternative Rehabilitation Communities – A.R.C. Canal Road Imperial – Electric Range – $4,334

Dauphin County – Alternative Rehabilitation Communities – A.R.C. Susquehanna Trail Imperial – Electric Range – $4,009

Dauphin County – Dauphin County Technical School – Dauphin County Technical School – Combi Oven, Electric – $17,470

Delaware County – Ridley School District – Eddystone Elementary – Walk-in Freezer – $25,524

Elk County – Ridgway Area School District – Ridgway Elementary School – Mobile Heated Cabinet – $2,772

Forest County – Forest Area School District – West Forest Elementary School – Dishwasher – $23,427

Indiana County – Blairsville-Saltsburg School District – Blairsville Senior High School – Gas Countertop Griddle – $6,462

Jefferson County – Punxsutawney Area School District – Punxsutawney Area Elementary School – Dishwasher – $47,348

Jefferson County – Punxsutawney Area School District – Punxsutawney Area High School – Dishwasher – $47,348

Jefferson County – Brockway Area School District – Brockway Area Junior Senior High School – Convection Oven, Gas – $5,690

Lackawanna County – Riverside School District – Riverside Elementary East – Pass Thru Refrigerator – $5,670

Lehigh County – CAI Learning Academy Incorporated – CAI Learning Academy – Breakfast Cart – $2,681

Luzerne County – Wyoming Area School District – Wyoming Area Primary Center – Walk in Freezer – $34,056

McKean County – Bradford Area School District – George G. Blaisdell Elementary School – Combi Oven, Gas – $22,746

Mercer County – George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania – George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania – Oven, Gas Roll-in – $51,209

Monroe County – East Stroudsburg Area School District – Bushkill Elementary – Double Stack Steamer – $17,151

Monroe County – East Stroudsburg Area School District – J M Hill Elementary School – Hot/Cold Serving Line – $11,397

Monroe County – East Stroudsburg Area School District – Middle Smithfield – Walk in Box Freezer – $35,795

Monroe County – East Stroudsburg Area School District – Smithfield Elementary – Double Stack Steamer – $17,151

Monroe County – East Stroudsburg Area School District – East Stroudsburg Elementary – Convection Oven – $7,077

Montgomery County – Norristown Area School District – Paul V. Fly Elementary – Convection Oven – $8,245

Philadelphia County – Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School – Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School – Combi Oven – $16,300

Philadelphia County – Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School – Eugenio Maria De Hostos Charter School – Combi Oven, Gas – $16,300

Philadelphia County – Lindley Academy Charter School at Birney – Lindley Academy Charter School at Birney – Refrigerator – $3,144

Philadelphia County – Olney Charter High School – Olney Charter High School – Combi Oven – $16,300

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Barry Comm John School – Reach-in Refrigerator – $3,193

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Bregy F Amedee School – Walk-in Refrigerator – $6,261

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Furness Horace High School – Walk-in Freezer – $6,689

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Hartranft John F School – Walk-in Freezer – $6,689

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Hunter William H School – Reach-in Refrigerator – $2,414

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Lincoln/ Swenson HS – Reach-in Refrigerator – $3,193

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Morris Robert School – Walk-in Refrigerator – $6,261

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Munoz -Marin Luis – Walk-in Freezer – $8,315

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Overbrook High School – Reach-in Refrigerator – $3,193

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Philadelphia Leadership Academy-South – Reach-in Refrigerator – $3,193

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Sheridan Philip H School – Walk-in Refrigerator – $6,261

Philadelphia County – West Oak Lane Charter School – West Oak Lane Charter School – Walk in Freezer – $14,993

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Franklin LC – Milk Cooler – $2,909

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Arthur Chester A School – Milk Cooler – $2,909

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Pollock Robert B School – Milk Cooler – $2,909

Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia Parkway-Center – City Middle College – Reach-in Refrigerator – $3,193

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Frank Anne School – Milk Cooler – $2,909

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Hill Freedman World Academy – Reach-in Refrigerator – $3,193

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Baldi C A MS – Reach-in Freezer – $4,081

Philadelphia County – School District of Philadelphia – Decatur Stephen School – Walk-in Freezer – $8,315

Potter County – Austin Area School District – Austin Area Elementary School – Walk in Cooler – $16,629

Schuylkill County – Williams Valley School District – Williams Valley Elementary School – Combi Oven – $25,535

Somerset County –  Shade-Central City School District – Cairnbrook Elementary School – Refrigerator – $3,995

Somerset County – North Star School District North Star East Middle School – Convection Oven, Gas – $7,036

Venango County – Cranberry Area School District – Cranberry Area Junior Senior High School – Combi Oven, Gas – $17,865

Washington County – Trinity Area School District – Trinity North Elementary School – Combi Oven – $37,157