Winston Announces Award of Equipment to White Bear Lake Area Schools

Annual grant program from Winston Foodservice was established with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) to help deserving schools serve hot, nutritious meals to students

Winston Foodservice has awarded its annual Winston Equipment Grant Award to the White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota. This annual grant program was established in partnership with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) to help deserving schools serve hot, nutritious meals to their students.

Grant winners may choose any ten pieces of Winston’s CVap® equipment, WBL Area Schools selected ten CVap holding cabinets (models HMA018 and HA4522).

The schools’ Student Nutrition Services Director, Bridget Lehn, is frank about the challenges her district faces, and making do with aging equipment, but optimistic about the effect new cabinets will have. “New equipment will increase meal participation due to the improved quality of food. Our current warmers are either scorching food or not keeping it warm enough. Some of the warmers are adding excess moisture or drying out product, all due to inconsistent heating or lack of insulation. Word of mouth moves quickly; the kids are very intuitive and will notice the improved food. When they tell their friends, participation goes up.”

About White Bear Lake Area Schools

The White Bear Lake Area School District serves all or parts of Birchwood, Gem Lake, Hugo, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Maplewood, North Oaks, Vadnais Heights, White Bear Lake and White Bear Township, with four Early Childhood program locations (birth-K), nine elementary schools (K-5), two middle schools (6-8), a two-campus high school (9-12), an Area Learning Center and a Transition Education Center. The school district, with a total population of approximately 63,000 residents, serves nearly 9,000 students PreK-12.

Further details:

A lot of companies will tell you they “think outside the box.” But that’s not us – we never actually fit in the box to begin with. We’ve always enjoyed the position of being just a little different in our approach.

Winston Foodservice is a division of Winston Industries, LLC. Founder Winston Shelton left General Electric years ago because of his entrepreneurial spirit and the need to create something. He created a pressure fryer and the ability to franchise a system. He also designed a whole new class of hot holding equipment copied by others.

The Foodservice Division is an international manufacturer and distributor of commercial foodservice equipment, and its family of brands includes Collectramatic® fryers and CVap® holding, cooking, and retherming equipment. The Winston family of divisions includes Foodservice, Electronics, Manufacturing, and Ventures.

For more information on the Winston Equipment Grant, please visit SNA’s website at or Winston’s CVap School Gurus blog.

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Pictured: Bridget Lehn, SNS of White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota