Neilson announces $5,800 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Ed Neilson announced today that Robert B. Pollock School and Anne Frank School each received a grant of $2,908 to purchase needed equipment for their cafeterias, including a milk cooler.

Neilson, D-Phila, said 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.

“A quality lunch plays a critical role in ensuring students have the energy they need to focus and excel in the classroom,” Neilson said. “This funding will go toward providing our schools the tools they need to prepare meals safely and help fuel the minds and bodies of our children.”

Neilson noted that other two area schools also received funding:

  • Stephen Decatur Elementary School: $8,314 for a walk-in freezer
  • Abraham Lincoln High School: $3,193 for a reach-in refrigerator

Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 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.