Harris announces over $2,900 for Chester A. Arthur School to increase healthy meal options

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 29 – Citing the importance of healthy eating for students, state Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, applauded a $2,908 grant from the federal government to Chester A. Arthur School for the purchase a new cafeteria cooler.

“Studies have shown that students who are well-fed with healthy, nutritious food are able to learn and retain information better than students who are hungry,” Harris said. “It’s so much easier to start healthy eating habits at a young age, so this grant will not only help students have educational success, it will hopefully create a foundation of healthy eating to last a lifetime.”

The Equipment Assistance Grant is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Priority is given to high need schools in underserved areas with limited access to other resources with consideration to the age of food service equipment.  

The purchase of new equipment is meant to facilitate new meal patterns, with emphasis on increasing fruit and vegetable usage, improve food safety and expand access.