GRANTS AVAILABLE TO BRING BREAKFAST
IN THE CLASSROOM TO STUDENTS IN 10 STATES
**March 6-10 is National School Breakfast Week**
Ohio Education Association Vice President
Thanks to Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, a free morning meal can be part of every students’ daily routine. For the fourth year in a row, the Partners, a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations, continue to expand efforts to fight against childhood hunger and improve participation in the federally funded School Breakfast Program. The Partners have been awarding grants to school districts with a goal of increasing access to a nutritious morning meal for 30,000 students in 10 states, including: Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.
Breakfast in the Classroom reworks how school breakfast is delivered by offering a nutritious meal at no charge to all students – regardless of their household income – and moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom to improve participation in the School Breakfast Program. While most U.S. schools participate in the program, barriers including school bus schedules, late arrivals to school, pressure to go directly to class, and reluctance to be labeled “low-income,” have caused school breakfast participation rates to be low. Nearly half of low-income children who are eligible for a free or reduced-price breakfast through the federal School Breakfast Program are not eating it, according to the new 2016 Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) analysis.
On Thursday, March 9th, Ohio Education Association Vice President Scott DiMauro is available to you and your listeners to discuss the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant program and how your school district can apply.
MORE ABOUT SCOTT DiMAURO
Scott DiMauro, a high school social studies teacher from Worthington, became Ohio Education Association (OEA) Vice President in 2013. He is a national spokesperson for Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, The NEA Foundation, and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF). The Partners provide technical assistance and support to school districts to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs. Prior to becoming a full-time OEA officer, Scott served for nine years as President of Central OEA/NEA.