Maryland adds more than 2 dozen schools to free breakfast program

Maryland adds more than 2 dozen schools to free breakfast program


Maryland will continue serving breakfast when students head back to the classroom this fall and is adding more than two dozen schools to list.

The state is getting $7.5 million to pay for its popular school breakfast program. This year, it is putting up an extra $650,000 to add even more schools to the list.

More than a quarter-million students attending close to 500 Maryland schools can expect free breakfast; for some, in their classrooms.

The state Department of Education is eager to get the word out that more schools are being added to the list.

"We have had tremendous success with the program. Teachers love it, students love it and parents love it. There is no downside to the program," Carol Fettweis, program administrator for the Maryland Department of Education, Office of School and Community Nutrition.

The program is called the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program, or MMFA. This year, it will pick up the tab for breakfast in 485 schools in the Baltimore region, including 80 schools in Baltimore County, 47 in Anne Arundel County, 17 in Howard County, 14 in Harford County and four in Carroll County.

"I think it's awesome. I think that all schools should do it," said Baltimore County resident Arlen Brown.

Baltimore County is set to add 14 new schools to its current breakfast list.

"That's important. All kids love breakfast, whether it's cereal (or a) breakfast bar. As long as, the fact that they eat, that's important," Brown said.

The state's free breakfast program was launched 20 years ago with a six schools.

"They're not hungry. They're not running to the nurse's station. They're staying awake. They're learning," Fettweis said.

The program is also available for Maryland students in two dozen middle schools.