HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced today that the Canton Area School District will receive $58,739.99 to purchase new food service equipment for the cafeterias to prepare healthy meals for students, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
The funding, which comes through the PDE’s Food Service Grant Program, will be used to purchase a gas convection steamer at the elementary school ($52,367) and an electric convection oven at the high school ($6,372.99).
“These funds will allow for the purchase of new equipment in the school district to serve healthier meals, improve food safety, and expand access,” Sen. Yaw said. “The equipment will be a great investment to the school facilities.”
“The Canton Area School District will use this funding to update some of our food services equipment so the students in our district can continue to receive quality meals with our breakfast and lunch programs,” said Dr. Eric Briggs, Superintendent of Canton Area School District. “Ensuring the health and well-being of our students is a top priority in our district. The district is appreciative of this funding and continues to be grateful for continued support of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and our state legislators as they invest in our students’ education through acknowledging the importance of healthy students in our classrooms.”
Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Distributed through PDE, funding is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The funding announced today is part of a package of competitive grants awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools.
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Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff