Students throughout the state could be getting breakfast in their classroom.
Breakfast In the Classroom (The Partners) has added Ohio and nine other states to the list of those eligible for the grant-funded program. Schools that take part in this initiative offer breakfast to all students at no charge, and breakfast is served in the classroom rather than the cafeteria. Across these states, the Partners have a goal of increasing access to a nutritious morning meal for 30,000 students.
While many school districts participate in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program, its performance in reducing childhood hunger has fallen short of its potential. On average, just more than half of children who are eligible for the free or reduced-price breakfast are actually eating it.
Breakfast In The Classroom is available to everyone – no matter the income level – and it’s eaten in the classroom after the opening bell. This makes it possible for all children to participate.
Through a $7.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Partners, which includes a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations, will work with state affiliates and rework how school breakfast is delivered, by offering it to all students at no charge and moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom. This is an effort intended to improve participation in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program and boost learning and health.