Columbia, Missouri – In front of a large group of public school administrators gathered for their annual conference, No Kid Hungry Missouri launched The Missouri Breakfast Challenge. The challenge is part of an effort to promote the switch to “Breakfast After the Bell” breakfast models.
Students who eat school breakfast are 20 percent more likely to graduate high school, average 17.5 percent higher on math test scores, and attend 1.5 more days of school per year. But currently, too many students from low-income families miss out on free or reduced-price school breakfast because it is most often served before they arrive, or they do not want to face the stigma of eating alone in the cafeteria. Making breakfast a part of the school day, by serving it in the classroom or at “Grab n Go” carts, can overcome these barriers.
The Missouri Breakfast Challenge offers funding of up to $3000 for qualified schools to help cover the costs of equipment like rolling carts, insulated bags and coolers, and kiosks. Incentives will be awarded to the highest performing schools. Participating schools that see the highest increases in breakfast participation over the school year will be eligible for awards of up to $1000.
Applications will be due no later than September 30, 2016. You can learn more at http://dss.mo.gov/