HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced on Wednesday that it has awarded more than $2.7 million in grant funding to 140 education agencies across the state for new food service equipment in school cafeterias.

Schools will use the grants to purchase or upgrade equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, stoves, and dishwashers. 

Below are the schools in the Midstate that are receiving these grants

Dauphin Roman Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg PA Inc- Paradise SchoolGas Convection Oven $9,042.00
York Crispus Attucks Youth Build Charter SchoolReach-in Freezer$4,044.00
Lancaster Ephrata Area School District: Clay Elementary SchoolBlast Chiller Freezer$9,667.39
Lancaster Ephrata Area School District: Highland Elementary SchoolBlast Chiller Freezer$9,667.39
FranklinFannett-Metal School District: Fannett-Metal Senior High SchoolGas Convection Oven$9,160.82
Lebanon Palmyra Area School District Palmyra Area Middle SchoolGas Conveyor Oven$26,782.88
CumberlandShippensburg Area School District Shippensburg Area Middle SchoolElectric Convection Oven$16,499.00
DauphinSt Catherine Laboure School Range$9,505.00
DauphinSt Joan of Arc SchoolElectric Convection Oven$21,655.00

“In order for students to learn, grow, and thrive, they need access to healthy and nutritious meals—both in and out of the classroom,” said Acting Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “The Food Service Equipment grants enable schools to have high-functioning equipment and well-equipped cafeterias so that they may better serve hungry minds and bellies each and every day.” 

Funding for the grants is made available through the US Department of Agriculture. Grants are awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program.