Grant opportunity offers Kansas schools support to reduce child hunger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 11, 2015

Partnership for Breakfast in the Classroom now accepting grant applications

TOPEKA – As the 2015-2016 school year kicks off for most Kansas kids this week, Kansas Action for Children encouraged school districts to participate in Breakfast in the Classroom, an innovative model that will lead to more children eating healthy school meals.

Breakfast in the Classroom moves breakfast service outside of the traditional cafeteria model and into the classroom. It has been shown to increase participation in school meals in other states.

“Nearly one in five Kansas children live in poverty,” said Shannon Cotsoradis, President and CEO at Kansas Action for Children. “Kids in poverty are more likely to be food insecure, and studies prove that hungry children struggle to learn. Child nutrition programs are essential to getting healthy meals to kids who need them. Alternate breakfast models like Breakfast in the Classroom offer innovative ways to reduce the number of hungry children in Kansas.”

Research shows that low-income school-aged children who eat school breakfast have better overall diet quality (as measured by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Eating Index) than those who eat breakfast elsewhere or skip breakfast. Children who participate in school meals are less likely to have nutrient inadequacies, and more likely to consume fruit, vegetables, and milk at breakfast and lunch.

Kansas is one of 18 states participating in these programs, with Kansas Action for Children serving as one of four state partners to promote participation. Other partners include: the Kansas State Department of Education, the Kansas National Education Association, and the Kansas School Nutrition Association

It’s not too late for qualifying Kansas school districts to apply. The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom-a consortium of nutrition and education groups- have grant funds still available for schools. For more information on the grant opportunity, contact the Food and Research Action Center or visit www.breakfastintheclassroom.org. To learn more about the benefits of breakfast in the classroom, download our latest policy brief.

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