Ciresi announces school breakfast grants for Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove and Pottstown schools

HARRISBURG, May 15 – State Rep. Joe Ciresi announced that schools in the Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove and Pottstown school districts will receive grants through Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative.

Grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 151 schools. The funds can be used to implement a school breakfast program using an “alternative serving method” like grab-and-go or breakfast in the classroom, or to expand an existing program.

“We can’t expect children to learn if they’re hungry when they arrive at school. These grants make it easier for schools to get breakfast to all students, so they are ready to take on the day,” said Ciresi, D-Montgomery. “I’m pleased to see our local school districts awarded these grants to help meet students’ needs.”

The recipients are:

Perkiomen Valley School District

  • Schwenksville Elementary, $4,882

Pottsgrove School District

  • West Pottsgrove Elementary School, $3,382
  • Pottsgrove Senior High School, $3,745
  • Ringing Rocks Elementary School, $3,402
  • Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School, $3,382

Pottstown School District

  • Rupert Elementary School, $5,000

“Students are more focused and in a better position to learn when they start their days with a healthy, nutritious meal,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “However, we know that only about 52% of the students who receive a free or reduced lunch also receive breakfast. The mini-grants enable schools to address food security issues and help more students by either starting a new breakfast program or by improving an existing one.”

More information is available here.