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Haywood County (Tenn.) Schools Nutrition Services Recognized as Grant Winner

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Erik Peterson
703-739-3900, ext. 124
epeterson@schoolnutrition.org

School Nutrition Foundation and Winston Industries Announce Annual Equipment Grant Winner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (January 21, 2009) – Haywood County Schools Nutrition Services in Brownsville, Tennessee, was selected to receive the 2008 School Nutrition Foundation’ Winston Industries Equipment Award.  The award of ten pieces of top quality commercial kitchen equipment will be utilized in the school kitchens of Haywood Elementary, East Side Elementary and Sunny Hill School – all 2005 recipients of the Healthier US School Challenge Sliver Award for the US Department of Agriculture. The kitchens will receive quality commercial kitchen equipment including Holding Cabinets, Holding Drawers and a Steamer from Winston Industries, Inc. - a leading foodservice equipment manufacturer located in Louisville, Kentucky.
 
SteamerSchool nutrition director Alison Pyron applied for the Equipment Award for Haywood Schools to replace outdated operational equipment that is a barrier to meeting the school nutrition services department mission. “Our school system has equipment installed that has been utilized for over 30 years. While we have a very reliable maintenance staff, and the cafeteria staff is extremely conscientious in the utilization of this equipment, the sad thing is....equipment eventually breaks down. As equipment ages, our staff is hindered by repairs that will only increase as time goes by. This affects meal planning and production as well as student participation,” wrote Pyron in her grant application. “Newer equipment will provide options for preparation and service of meals that currently don’t exist. With these options comes a renewed level of interest from the student body as a whole. New foods, new serving options, new preparation techniques…this can only lead to new levels of student excitement.”
 
As school nutrition programs nationwide provide healthy school breakfasts and lunches to students at a national average of less than $2.06 per balanced meal, costs to upgrade and replace kitchen equipment are often difficult to cover. While federal assistance used to be available for the purchase and maintenance of school kitchen equipment, this program was eliminated due to budget cuts in the early 1980’s. Many school nutrition programs have been unable to replace or upgrade equipment since the termination of that assistance program.

For these reasons, the School Nutrition Foundation’ Winston Industries Equipment Award was created in 2007 to assist school nutrition programs to secure the equipment they need to continue to offer quality, nutritious meals.  "With the trend towards more fruits and vegetables, whole grain items and low fat dairy in schools, the need for modern kitchen equipment becomes even greater. The School Nutrition Foundation is proud to work with Winston Industries to make this much needed Equipment Award possible to Haywood Schools," said SNF President Mary Hill, SNS.  

“With the assistance of the School Nutrition Foundation we feel we have identified a very real economic situation and need in school foodservice.  This type of assistance is going to provide Haywood County Schools the opportunity to make a great nutritional impact on their community and serve students quicker and more efficiently. Winston Industries is delighted to be able to offer this support,” said Jill Conklin, Director of National School Accounts for Winston Industries. “The Schools will be able to take another step in providing nutritious meals and a nurturing environment where children can grow and learn.”

Haywood County Schools Nutrition Services Department will receive the ten pieces of new kitchen equipment this spring.  Plans are currently underway to offer the School Nutrition Foundation’ Winston Industries Equipment Award again next summer.
 
About the School Nutrition Foundation
The School Nutrition Foundation, established in 1964, is a non-profit corporation that provides high-quality professional development, financial aid and research programs to child nutrition professionals and members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA.) The Foundation’s commitment to the child nutrition community is integral to implementing positive change in school meals and, ultimately, to the health of school children. SNA is a national, non-profit professional organization representing more than 55,000 members who provide high-quality, low-cost meals to students across the country. The association and its members are dedicated to feeding children safe and nutritious meals.


About Winston Industries
Winston Industries, LLC is an international manufacturer and distributor of foodservice equipment. Founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1969, the company manufacturers Collectramatic® and CVap foodservice equipment. Additional information about Winston Industries is available at www.winstonind.com.


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