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Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 10:00

Traulsen and Hobart Announce First Winner of Save Your Kitchen 2021

Essexville-Hampton Public Schools in Michigan Wins Upgraded Performance with New Traulsen and Hobart Equipment

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 31, 2021) – ITW Food Equipment Group is proud to announce the first winner of the Save Your Kitchen 2021 campaign sweepstakes in honor of National School Breakfast Week.  Essexville-Hampton Public Schools in Essexville, Michigan, won by random selection, the first of four drawings for 2021.  This sixth iteration of the popular K-12 kitchen equipment makeover initiative kicked off early this year.  Save Your Kitchen will provide free Traulsen and Hobart kitchen equipment to three remaining sweepstake entrant winners throughout the year. 

Essexville-Hampton Public Schools is the first recipient of the new kitchen equipment prize package from the 2021 Save Your Kitchen campaign.  The traditional public school system serves 1600 students from PreK-12.  Essexville-Hampton Public Schools prides itself on providing students with an education to help them achieve their full potential.  From preschool to high school and beyond, E-HPS educates all children using smaller class sizes, focused interventions, personal curriculum and individual counseling.

In light of COVID-19, about half of the current students are learning virtually meaning the normal 1200 kids they feed is currently about 600 a day.  However, the new equipment could not have come at a better time according to Melissa Pavlik, Director of Dining Services for Essexville-Hampton Public Schools.

“Even with our student load down at the moment, we were greatly in need of updated kitchen equipment for when we are back in full swing,” said Pavlik.  “We serve eight different menus that are challenging to deliver with our current equipment in a small kitchen with a limited budget.  The new mixer will help us to deliver more made-from-scratch options for our students and the updated refrigerator replaces outdated and stressed equipment to keep our products safer and deliver high-quality meals.  We never thought we could win something like this, and we are extremely thankful to have these amazing products in our facility.”

The school selected the One-Section Reach-In Refrigerator (RHT132WUT) from Traulsen which features 24 cubic feet of storage space, advanced technology like Traulsen’s StayClear™ Condenser coil and Smart Control with critical alarms.  Their Hobart prize selection, a Centerline™ by Hobart 20 Quart Mixer (HMM20), is a perfect fit for their kitchen because it can be used for multiple applications.

“In these times of financial stress on nutrition programs and schools trying to get their footing again, the 2021 Save Your Kitchen Campaign is more important than ever,” said Hailey Elting, Business Development Manager and K-12 Specialist at Traulsen. “We hear from hundreds of schools every year who want to deliver great meals and food choices to their students, but they don’t always have the right equipment or the most updated tools. This sweepstakes helps us partner with these deserving schools to help them better serve their students…it’s a win for everyone.”

The sweepstakes is open to K-12 nutrition professionals in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Among the products offered in this year’s giveaways are Traulsen refrigerators, a freezer or a milk cooler plus a Hobart slicer or mixer for all four giveaways, as well as a Hobart AM-style dishmachine for the July drawing only. Different products may be available for specific drawings. The entry deadline for the second drawing is May 7, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.  Sweepstake details, entry form, products and other information can be found at  

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

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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