Rabb announces $3,100 state grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to provide quality meals for students

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., announced today that a $3,193 state grant has been awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy to be used to provide quality meals for students.

“Our schools feed our children’s minds, but increasingly, our schools also feed our children’s appetites for nutritious food, which is a vital service since we know that children who are hungry cannot concentrate in the classroom,” Rabb said. “This grant money will allow Hill-Freedman World Academy to purchase equipment that will provide nourishment to its students so that they can maximize their potential in the classroom.”

Rabb said the grant awarded to Hill-Freedman World Academy 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.

Hill-Freedman World Academy will use the grant to purchase a new 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.