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No Kid Hungry Virginia Grants Support Breakfast After the Bell Programs in Local Schools

RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 26, 2018 – No Kid Hungry Virginia is investing $57,400 to launch alternative breakfast programs in 15 schools across the state. The programs – known nationwide as Breakfast After the Bell – increase access to school breakfast by making it a part of the school day,providing breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in increased student participation.

The school breakfast program can ensure that kids get the morning nutrition they need, but too often, it can be challenging for kids to access this critical meal. Some examples of alternative breakfast service models include: Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), Grab and Go Breakfast, and Second Chance Breakfast.

More than 300,000 children in Virginia live in families that struggle with hunger. Research shows that hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases. No Kid Hungry Virginia and its partners focus on Breakfast After the Bell as a critical way to end childhood hunger in Virginia.

The following schools received No Kid Hungry Virginia breakfast grants:

  • Brunswick High School in Brunswick County - $5,000
  • Caroline Middle in Caroline County - $4,920
  • Churchland High in the City of Portsmouth - $5,000
  • Clarke County High in Clarke County - $5,000
  • Courtland High in Spotsylvania County - $3,675
  • Dinwiddie High in Dinwiddie County - $5,000
  • Edward W. Wyatt Middle in Greensville County - $3,500
  • Fluvanna County High in Fluvanna County - $2,775
  • Kentuck Elementary in Pittsylvania County - $1,956
  • Lebanon Middle in Russell County - $5,000
  • Randolph Elementary in Goochland County - $2,500
  • Rappahannock High in Richmond County - $4,400
  • Riverview Elementary and Middle in Buchanan County - $5,000
  • Spotsylvania Middle in Spotsylvania County - $3,675
  • Thornburg Middle in Spotsylvania County - $3,675

Nearly 1,000 schools in Virginia have Breakfast After the Bell programs. Research indicates that eating breakfast at school helps children improve classroom performance, have better attendance and promotes healthy habits.

“We know one of the most effective ways to boost school breakfast participation is to serve it after the bell and make it a part of the school day,” said Claire Mansfield, No Kid Hungry Virginia state director. “We’re excited that more schools across Virginia will be implementing Breakfast After the Bell programs this school year. No Kid Hungry Virginia is here to help schools and districts launch and strengthen breakfast programs so that students have the nutrition they need to succeed in the classroom.”

The grants will help schools purchase items such as “Grab and Go” kiosks where students can easily pick up breakfast in the morning, along with other supplies to assist cafeteria staff with launching alternative Breakfast After the Bell models aimed at bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria to increase student access and participation.

No Kid Hungry Virginia also awarded Southampton County Public Schools with a $5,000 grant to expand an Afterschool Meals Program to Southampton Middle School. The division is using the grant to fund a refrigeration unit and to support marketing materials that build excitement and awareness about the program.

Visit va.nokidhungry.org for more information about No Kid Hungry Virginia’s work and Breakfast After the Bell programs.

First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe Visits Edward W. Wyatt Middle to Highlight School Breakfast Growth

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe joined Virginia Secretary of Education Dietra Trent, Virginia State Delegate Roslyn Tyler, Virginia State University Head Football Coach and former NFL player Reggie Barlow and other partners, including No Kid Hungry Virginia and the Southeast Dairy Association at Edward W. Wyatt Middle School on Friday, May 19, to recognize the school for its success in connecting students with breakfast. Edward W. Wyatt Middle School was one of 12 school winners in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, a campaign to increase school breakfast participation across the state.

1,325 schools participated in the Virginia Breakfast Challenge, which ran from October 2017 through December 2017. In January, 2017, after the competition concluded, 24,741 more Virginia kids participated in school breakfast each day, compared to January, 2016.

At the beginning of the assembly, those who were instrumental increasing access to breakfast were recognized.  Crystal Crutchfield, GCPS Foodservice Director, Ruth Bullock, Edward W. Wyatt Middle School Cafeteria Manager, and the staff of the cafeteria were all recognized. Mrs. Bullock and the lunch ladies received a rousing standing ovation. It was pointed out that the smell of freshly baked biscuits every morning was a great way to start the school day.

“We know expanding school breakfast programs help since childhood hunger and helps children perform better in schools,” said Mrs. McAuliffe.  “This has been proven by research connecting school breakfast but as a patient to improve school attendance and math tests course, but we also are you need from administrators schools across the commonwealth that embrace the alternative models, like Edward W. Wyatt.  They’re seeing fewer discipline referrals better learning environments and better concentration from students after making the change.  It’s a win-win.” “Kids can’t be hungry to learn if they’re just plain hungry, which is why we need to continue to increase access to breakfast in our schools. Together, we can end childhood hunger.”

One in six kids in Virginia living families that struggle with hunger.  Research shows that Congress serious consequences for children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and higher risk of hospitalization and chronic diseases.

No Kid Hungry Virginia and its partners and focused on breakfast after the bell is a critical way to end childhood car in Virginia.  The program increases access to school breakfast by burning breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it part of the school day.

Edward W. Wyatt middle are using credit will model allowing students to finish their breakfast in their first.  Class.  The number of students eating breakfast of the Edward W. Wyatt middle grew by 55% between October 2015 and October 2016.

First Lady Mcauliffe and distinguished guests observed the Grab & Go breakfast program and spoke about the importance of healthy eating habits.  For winning the Virginia breakfast challenge, No Kid Hungry Virginia award the school $4000 to support technology enhancements, field trips or playground equipment.  On behalf of Virginia dairy farmers the Southeast Dairy Farmers Association awarded school $2500 to purchase equipment to support the school’s breakfast program.  The Virginia Breakfast Challenge was made possible by generous donations of No Kid Hungry Virginia sponsors including Smithfield Foods, Dominion, and Wal-Mart.

“A complete breakfast as part of a healthy diet.  Breakfast programs help ensure all are Virginia students get the nutrition they need to succeed in school,” said Barlow.

Virginia was one of the top 10 states with the biggest growth in breakfast programs, according to recent data from the food research and action center and is on track to serve eight million more breakfasts during the 2016-2017 school year compared with the 2013-2014 school year.

Rise and Shine Breakfast Poster Winners Announced

Winners of the Rise and Shine Breakfast Poster Contest were announced during First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe's visit to Edward W. Wyatt Middle School on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Librarian Tabby Owen, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and Secretary of Education Dietra Trent with the winners of the Rise and Shine Breakfast Poster Contest

Sixth Grade Winner-Judah Winstead

Seventh Grade Winner-Tyanna James

Eight Grade Winner-Tyona Harris

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