Otten, Williams announce $33k in grants to expand school breakfast programs

HARRISBURG, May 16 — State Reps. Danielle Friel Otten and Dan Williams, both D-Chester, announced that the Coatesville Area School District will receive $33,296 in state funds to ensure every student can start his or her day with a wholesome, healthy breakfast.

The grants are provided through Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative and were rewarded to 151 schools across the commonwealth. Schools may use this grant toward expanding upon its current breakfast program, or to implement new breakfast options such as grab-and-go style breakfasts or breakfast in the classroom.

Schools in Williams’ legislative district each received grants worth $4,162:

  • Coatesville Area Senior High School

  • East Fallowfield Elementary School

  • Coatesville Intermediate High School

  • Caln Elementary School

  • Rainbow Elementary School

  • Scott Middle School

Schools in Otten’s legislative district each received grants worth $4,162:

  • North Brandywine Middle School

  • Reeceville Elementary School

“For too many students, a well-balanced meal may not be available at home. No student should ever be prevented from achieving their highest learning potential because of an empty stomach,” Williams said. “I sincerely thank Governor Wolf for sharing my values and for helping the Coatesville Area School District to provide for students who deserve every chance at success.”

"Even in our wealthy county, many constituents and families experience food insecurity. I’m very grateful that these schools in my district received these funds so that no student has to begin their school day hungry,” Otten said. “Eating breakfast in the morning can increase focus and attention in the classroom and help students start their day ready to learn."