Penn Hills school awarded almost $5,000 for breakfast program

Grant will help provide morning meals to students

HARRISBURG, May 17 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, announced that Linton Middle School in the Penn Hills School District was awarded a grant in order to help make breakfast more available to students.

Linton Middle School, which serves about 966 students in grades 5-8, was granted $4,998 through the School Breakfast Initiative. The funds can be used to implement or expand alternative breakfast options ranging from breakfast in the classroom, to grab-and-go, or second chance breakfast during study hall.

“No child should start the day hungry,” DeLuca said. “Ensuring that our children have a breakfast in the morning will help them to focus more on learning, socializing with peers and help them to lead healthier lives.”

The goal of the School Breakfast Initiative is to increase and sustain breakfast participation by 20 percent. Additionally, the 60 percent of students who benefit from free and reduced lunch, will also participate in school breakfast by the year 2020.

More than half of the students who attend Linton are economically disadvantaged. In Allegheny County, 17 percent of children are faced with food insecurity, based on 2016 statistics from Just Harvest.