RELEASE: No Kid Hungry Maryland Celebrates Maryland Breakfast Challenge Statewide Winner, Clear Spring Elementary School, with Former Baltimore Raven and Local Partners
Nicete Moodie: “When kids get the school breakfast they need, they grow up smarter, healthier and stronger. And that means a smarter, healthier, stronger Maryland.”
Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry Maryland
April 18, 2017
Clear Spring, MD -- Representatives from the No Kid Hungry Maryland campaign and the American Dairy Association North East hosted a Maryland Breakfast Challenge Celebration today to show first-hand the positive impact school breakfast has on students.
The event at Clear Spring Elementary in Washington County celebrated the school winning the statewide Breakfast Challenge. The school received a special banner, a check for $5,000 and the students did morning exercises with special guests, retired Baltimore Ravens Linebacker, Brad Jackson and Baltimore Ravens mascot, Poe.
“It’s hard to learn when you’re hungry,” said Shari Palm, Principal, Clear Spring Elementary. “Many of our students were coming to school hungry, yet didn't take advantage of our traditional breakfast program because they needed to get to class. Enter Grab and Go breakfast! Now, any student who wants to eat breakfast can just grab it and go to their classroom; it's fast and allows them to participate in morning activities while eating a nutritious breakfast! It's a true win-win!”
Brian Roy Schnebly of Crown Stone Farm in Clear Spring, Maryland said, "Dairy farmers work hard every day to produce wholesome milk for our communities, and we’re proud to sponsor Breakfast in the Classroom programs." Schnebly said, "It is our mission to make sure students understand the importance of eating nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy."
One in six kids in Maryland live in families that struggle with hunger. Research shows that this hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases.
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. Together, No Kid Hungry Maryland and its partners are working to overcome the barriers to these programs and encouraging effective, efficient policies that make sure all kids are getting the healthy food they need.
Clear Spring Elementary implemented a new breakfast program which included a Grab and Go to the classroom model. This made it easier for students to eat in the morning and yielded an over 8% increase in breakfast participation.
According to Super Bowl Champion Brad Jackson, "Eating breakfast fuels kids and helps them start the day with the energy they need to be active, learn and perform well in the classroom."
“When kids get the school breakfast they need, they grow up smarter, healthier and stronger,” said Nicete Moodie, Breakfast Manager, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry Maryland campaign. “And that means a smarter, healthier, stronger Maryland.”
About the Maryland Breakfast Challenge
School breakfast fuels academic success. Yet, each day too many Maryland students miss out. During the 2016-2017 school year, schools joined the Maryland Breakfast Challenge to connect more students with a healthy breakfast while competing for prizes. The 2016-17 Maryland Breakfast Challenge is hosted by No Kid Hungry Maryland and co-sponsored with American Dairy Association North East. To learn more, go to MarylandBreakfastChallenge.org
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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.
About American Dairy Association North East
The American Dairy Association North East (ADANE) is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council® and the regional consolidation of three promotion organizations including the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. Committed to nutrition education and research-based communications, ADANE provides science-based nutrition information to, and in collaboration with, a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media. dairyspot.com.