LINCOLN (SNR) – The lunch program at St. Mary School in Lincoln was recently awarded two grants totaling nearly $24,000.
The FY2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants consisted of $15,123.00 for a walk-in freezer, and $8,860.00 for a double standing convection oven. The walk-in freezer replaced four home-use chest freezers, and the new convection ovens replaced 50-year-old double standing ovens that could no longer be calibrated.
One of the chest freezers was sold, two were donated to Catholic Social Services, and the other one will stay with the church for parish functions. The old ovens went for scrap metal.
St. Mary’s student population count is 145 in grades pre-K to 8. The lunch program’s meal counts average approximately 200 daily, as they started a “Grab and Go” breakfast program this past year. They have been averaging 55-60 students daily for breakfast alone.
“We are happy and humbled to be able to meet this need for our students in service to our Lord,” said director Leanne Timmons NDTR.