Matzie: Nearly $4,000 awarded to fund new school cafeteria equipment

Money will purchase reach-in refrigerator for Aliquippa Elementary School

AMBRIDGE, Jan. 27 – A $3,667 state grant to the Aliquippa School District will fund a new reach-in refrigerator for the Aliquippa Elementary School cafeteria, state Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today.

Matzie said the new equipment will improve efficiency and make operations easier for staff.

“A new reach-in refrigerator will allow the Aliquippa Elementary School cafeteria to safely store a large capacity of food in an energy-efficient way that keeps it fresh, well-organized, and convenient for easy access,” Matzie said. “It’s an essential addition for the school’s busy cafeteria staff.”

The funding is part of package of competitive grants awarded to 44 elementary, middle and high schools through a program administered by the state Department of Education.

Funding for the grants is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Schools can use the funding to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers.

The list of schools receiving food service equipment grants can be found on PDE’s website.