HARRISBURG (January 28, 2020) Two elementary schools in the Oxford Area School District have been awarded nearly $21,000 in state grant funding to purchase new food service equipment for their cafeterias, state Senator Andy Dinniman announced today.

Under the Food Service Grant Equipment Program, Jordan Bank Elementary will receive $3,389 for a Reach-in Freezer and Elk Ridge Elementary will receive $17,467 for a Conversion Steamer.

“A productive school day calls for the healthy and well-rounded nourishment necessary to power student focus and learning,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “These grants will help our cafeterias serve students more effectively and more efficiently, providing the nutrition that our young people need to grow and learn to their highest potential.”

Funding for the grants, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jordan Bank Elementary and Elk Ridge Elementary join 70 other schools awarded more than $925,000 in state grants across Pennsylvania for cafeteria upgrades.

Funding is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50 percent or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and dishwashers.

Nationally, proposed federal changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could affect how many families are eligible for the program, thus impacting how many schools are eligible for further grants assisting food-related programs.