Baltimore schools receive $200,000 to expand free breakfast program

Baltimore Sun

Share Our Strength, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit aiming to reduce childhood hunger, announced Wednesday it will grant Baltimore schools $200,000 for food service equipment to support an alternative breakfast plan.

The money, to be paid in four installments of $50,000 over the next two years, will support a "Grab and Go" breakfast program in which students can pick up pre-packaged breakfasts from mobile carts stationed in hallways and cafeterias and eat in their classrooms. The program is intended to boost the number of students who eat breakfast at school. Only a third do currently, according to schools officials.

All students, regardless of income level, are eligible for a free lunch and breakfast in Baltimore public schools.

"It's important that our students start the day ready to learn with a good, healthy breakfast," Baltimore Schools CEO Sonja Santelises said in a statement. "Thank you to Share Our Strength for helping to make breakfast more accessible to more of our students."