RELEASE: No Kid Hungry Maryland and Baltimore City Public Schools Work Together to Expand Students’ Access to Breakfast
Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry Maryland
Edie House Foster
Baltimore City Public Schools
September 28, 2016
BALTIMORE – Today, Baltimore City Public Schools and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Maryland Campaign announced the approval of a Memorandum of Understanding that will expand the alternative Grab and Go breakfast model districtwide, increasing all City Schools students’ access to breakfast.
Share Our Strength will provide funding for food service equipment in support of City Schools’ alternative breakfast implementation districtwide. This will include four installments of $50,000 over the next two years.
City Schools has long been a leader in providing free breakfast and lunch to students, but only a third of students eat breakfast at school. This move will increase access to breakfast for children in City Schools, making Baltimore the largest school district in Maryland to offer the Grab and Go breakfast model.
“It’s important that our students start the day ready to learn with a good, healthy breakfast,” said City Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises. “Thank you to Share Our Strength for helping to make breakfast more accessible to more of our students.”
With the Grab and Go model, students pick up convenient pre-packaged breakfast from mobile carts in high traffic areas such as hallways, entry ways, or cafeterias, and can eat in the classroom or other designated areas in the school, which results in higher student participation rates.
School breakfast fuels academic success and kids who eat a healthy school breakfast do better in math, have higher attendance, and are more likely to graduate.
This is a huge step forward for Share Our Strength’s commitment to the City of Baltimore, and towards feeding the nearly 1 in 6 Maryland kids who struggle with hunger.
“Share Our Strength is very excited about this new partnership with City Schools,” said David Sloan, Executive Director of No Kid Hungry Maryland. “One of the most effective ways to significantly boost school breakfast participation is to make it part of the school day and this agreement will do just that.”
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About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.