Bullock announces a more than $6,000 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for students
In her ongoing effort to sustain nutrition in school, state Rep. Donna Bullock announced a $6,261 grant to help Morris Robert School provide quality meals for its students.
Bullock, D-Phila., said the funding, which is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, will allow Morris Robert School to purchase needed equipment for its cafeteria, including a walk-in refrigerator.
“These upgrades reflect my commitment to help our schools provide children with sufficient food options during the school day,” Bullock explained. “Too many of our young people are forced to face hunger, and school is the one place they rely on for a quality meal.”
The grant is part of more than $925,000 in competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state to buy new food service equipment for their cafeterias.
“We need to support lunch programs, not lunch shaming. I will continue working to make school meals more affordable and accessible for students because a satisfied stomach leads to more focus, energy and motivation to succeed in the classroom,” Bullock said.
Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers to ensure safe food handling.