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Grant affords new sealer for Boardman schools

BOARDMAN — A new food-sealing machine will help the food service department of the Boardman School District serve fresh meals to students.

Awarded by the national No Kid Hungry charity, the district was provided with $20,000, the district announced.

“With this new process, we will produce a meal with a smaller container that still contains the same amount of food as we had been serving, but with less packaging,” Natalie Winkle, food services director, said.

“It will make the ready-to-heat meal easier to store in the refrigerator for parents at home, and easier to pack for our staff,” she said.

Since the district’s first day of school on Sept. 14, Boardman’s food service department has served more than 187,000 meals to both in-person and remote students. The equipment will seal 30 meals per minute.

The addition of the food sealer has improved the food distribution process not only for her staff, but will also leave an impact on the planet, Winkle said.

“Packing and storing the more compacted containers has left less plastic waste behind, so it’s better for the environment, too,” she said.

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