Traulsen Announces Final Winner of Save Your Kitchen 2020

Missouri's Sparta R-III School District to upgrade their kitchen with new Traulsen equipment

ITW Food Equipment Group is proud to announce the fourth winner of the Save Your Kitchen 2020 campaign sweepstakes. The Sparta R-III School District, in Sparta, Missouri, won by random selection in October, the final of four drawings for 2020 in honor of National School Lunch Week.

The Sparta R-III School District is a public school that has 749 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. The school’s middle school will be receiving a new Traulsen milk cooler for its 230 students in grades 5-8. According to the Sparta R-III School District Foodservice Director Laurent Watts, the product is badly needed.

“When it comes to our kitchens, all of our equipment is 20-50 years old. The cooking equipment is oldest at our elementary school, but space and cooling equipment is very limited at the middle school,” Watts said. “We chose the Traulsen 8 crate Milk Cooler because it solves our most urgent issue.”

Easy to maintain

This fifth iteration of the popular K-12 kitchen equipment makeover initiative kicked off in February of this year in anticipation of National School Breakfast Week. Save Your Kitchen provides free Traulsen and Hobart kitchen equipment to four winning sweepstake entrants in four different drawings throughout the year.

For their Traulsen prize choice, the Sparta R-III School District selected the 8 crate Milk Cooler which is a top-mounted, forced-air refrigeration system that makes it easy to maintain a consistent and safe temperature throughout the cabinet. The cooler combines innovation, accessibility and durability for a product that will serve them for years to come. The low-access-height design makes this the easiest milk cooler to use and for the staff to load.  The top-breathing refrigeration also makes it easier to service and picks up less floor debris.

“Being able to provide equipment to schools who really need it is what makes this campaign such a great success every year,” said Hailey Elting, Business Development Manager and K-12 Specialist at Traulsen. “This sweepstakes is just one way we can engage with schools and start to help them upgrade their current equipment.  Keeping their ingredients safe and students well fed is our number one goal.”

Laurent Watts added, “Since I’ve been in this school district, we have been moving away from pre-processed and highly processed cooking to scratch cooking so we can better control the nutrition for our students. We were blown away by this gift from Traulsen which will help us keep more ingredients cold and safe. Earlier in my career, I worked in the restaurant industry and I know firsthand the quality of Traulsen equipment, and I swear by its performance. It is a blessing for our school to now have our very own Traulsen cooler.”

For more information about the sweepstakes and 2020 winners, visit

About Traulsen:

Traulsen, an ITW Food Equipment Group brand, has been providing the most trusted refrigeration equipment for foodservice and food retail operations since 1938. Traulsen offers a broad refrigeration product offering that includes reach-ins, roll-ins, undercounters, blast chillers, prep tables, merchandisers and milk coolers. Traulsen is part of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC (a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works) and is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008.

To learn more about Traulsen, visit or connect with us on Facebook at

About Hobart:

At Hobart, an ITW Food Equipment Group brand, people and food are our passion. We believe great food brings people together, and the relationships we share feed our inspiration to be the best we can be for one another. As a food equipment manufacturer and service provider, we’ve been dedicated for more than a century to supporting those who are not only passionate about creating great food but are inspired by the people they serve and come to know on a daily basis.

Likewise, it is our mission to provide premium food equipment that foodservice and food retail professionals can trust to work hard and deliver quality, consistent results day in and day out, empowering them to focus on what they love most—creating great food for great people. Backed by our nationwide network of 1,500 factory-trained service technicians, we’re always nearby to install, maintain and service your equipment. Hobart is part of ITW Food Equipment Group LLC (a subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works) and is proud to be an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2008.

Explore Hobart by visiting, connecting with us on Facebook at or by contacting your local Hobart representative at 888-4HOBART.


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