Cruz announces more than $22,000 in grants to help local schools provide quality meals for students

HARRISBURG, Jan. 28 – State Rep. Angel Cruz today announced $22,561 in grants to help fund cafeteria improvements for two local schools.

Cruz, D-Phila, said Antonia Pantoja Community Charter School received $16,300 to purchase a Combi Oven, and Sheridan Philip H. School received $6,261 to purchase a walk-in refrigerator. 

The grants were 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.

“In our fight to end hunger, we must ensure our children are well fed in school,” Cruz said. “Quality nutrition is linked to quality performance in the classroom, and this funding plays an important role in helping fuel the mind of students.”

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.