Davis: Steel Valley, West Mifflin Area school districts receive funding for cafeteria upgrades

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – Grant money awarded today to two school districts in the 35th Legislative District will go toward the purchase new food service equipment, said state Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny.

Davis said the grants, awarded through the state Department of Education, went to Steel Valley and West Mifflin Area school districts.

“We champion the ability to provide students with quality, healthy food throughout the school day. But that can’t be done without quality equipment,” Davis said. “The funding awarded today will allow the receiving districts to accomplish this goal.”

Davis said Steel Valley School District’s Steel Valley High School was awarded $16,085 for the purchase of a convection steamer.

West Mifflin Area School District received a total of $12,594. Davis said West Mifflin’s Clara Barton Elementary School will use half the funding for a convection oven. West Mifflin Area High School also will use half the funding to purchase a convection oven.

Davis said funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-priced meals.

More than $925,000 in competitive grants has been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the purchase of new food service equipment for cafeterias.