Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Kansas City, Kan., school district is benefiting from a program that allows students to eat breakfast in their classrooms for free this year.
A group of educational and advocacy organizations called Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom started the program last year in five school districts. Ten districts were added this year, including Kansas City, Kan., where 13 schools are participating.
The Breakfast in the Classroom program uses a $5 million Walmart Foundation grant to provide breakfast at no charge to all students. Students eat in the classroom, not in the cafeteria.
The partners say many students eligible for the federally funded school breakfast program don't participate, partially because they don't want to be labeled as low-income. Other issues include school bus schedules and pressure to go directly to class.