Longietti: Sharpsville Area School District awarded more than $22,000 for food service equipment

Will allow high school to purchase new gas-powered combination oven

HERMITAGE, Jan. 26 – A state grant of $22,346 from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will allow Sharpsville Area Senior High School to purchase a new gas-powered combination oven, state Rep. Mark Longietti announced today.

Longietti, D-Mercer, said the grant to the Sharpsville Area School District will boost the high school’s production of appetizing, nutritious meals.

“There is a direct link between nutrition and the cognitive skills that help students focus, concentrate and retain information, which are critical for academic success,” Longietti said. “But half the battle is getting kids to embrace those healthy choices, and that poses a constant challenge for school cafeteria staff.

“With this funding, Sharpsville Area School District will be able to purchase a gas-powered combination oven, which will allow cafeteria staff to produce a wider variety of fresh meals with shorter cooking times, greater yields and the kind of aromas and textures that appeal to students. The new equipment will also yield greater energy efficiency and savings for the district.”

The funding is part of a package of $875,000 in competitive grants awarded to 59 elementary, middle and high schools statewide.

Funding for the food-service equipment grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers.

More information on the grants is available here.