HARRISBURG – Reps. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) and Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) today announced a $37,157 grant from the Food Service Equipment Program was awarded to Trinity Area School District.
The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and are awarded to school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Trinity was one of 72 Pennsylvania elementary, middle and high schools to receive money.
“Studies have shown hungry children do not learn,” Ortitay said. “With the right equipment, our schools can remove the barrier hunger can cause. Just like our own homes, appliances must be replaced periodically when they reach the end of their life cycle.”
“As the father of two school-aged children, I have seen firsthand the importance of providing a warm, highly nutritious lunch,” O’Neal said. “This grant will help our dedicated cafeteria workers more easily prepare food.”
The money will be used by Trinity North Elementary School to purchase a combi oven, which uses three methods of cooking in one appliance – convention, steam and a combination of steam and convection.
The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.
The 48th Legislative District in Washington County includes the city of Washington; Chartiers, North Franklin, North Strabane and South Strabane townships; and Canonsburg, East Washington and Houston boroughs.
Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Representative Tim O’Neal
48th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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