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Edgecombe awarded school breakfast grant

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From Staff Reports

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Edgecombe County Public Schools is one of 10 school districts across the state that will receive funding under a new state grant program that aims to help expand school breakfast access.

As part of the 2018-19 Breakfast After the Bell Initiative, the school districts will receive grant funding through No Kid Hungry and The Dairy Alliance to implement innovative breakfast programs in one or more schools each. Each district will receive between $8,000 and $12,276 as part of the $105,000 grant program.

“Studies have shown that kids who start the day with breakfast perform better at school and have fewer discipline problems,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a press release. “Making school breakfast universal and more easily accessible reduces the stigma.”

The school districts were deemed eligible based on criteria set by the N.C. School Breakfast Leadership Team using state Department of Public Instruction meal claim data for the 2017-18 school year. Almost 60 percent of students in North Carolina qualify for free and reduced meals at school, but only 42 percent of those students eat school breakfast, according to information provided by the state.

Breakfast After the Bell Models include:

■ Breakfast in the Classroom: Students eat breakfast in their classroom after the official start of the school day. On average, schools reach 88 percent breakfast participation with this model.

■ Grab and Go to the Classroom: Students pick up conveniently packaged breakfast items from mobile carts in high traffic areas, such as hallways or entryways, and eat their meals in the classroom or designated common areas.

■ Second Chance Breakfast: Second Chance Breakfast is particularly effective for middle and high school students. Students eat breakfast during a break in the morning, often between first and second period. Schools can use an innovative breakfast service model or open their cafeterias during this break.

School Nutrition Managers will monitor implementation and progress of the new breakfast service model in each school. Superintendents, school nutrition administrators, principals and other school leaders will also provide support.

The School Breakfast Leadership Institute will help school districts take advantage of federal funds, grant opportunities, and other resources to ensure all students begin their day fueled to learn.

The other school districts slated to receive grants under the program are Anson County Schools, Cabarrus County Schools, Cumberland County Schools, Gaston County Schools, Johnston County Schools, Kannapolis City Schools, Public Schools of Robeson County, Wayne County Public Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

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