St. Louis school district receives $107,000 grant for new program
Online PR News – 09-March-2019 – St. Louis, MO – Normandy Schools Collaborative recently launched its "Breakfast in the Classroom" program at Lucas Crossing Elementary Complex and Barack Obama Elementary School with three of the district's schools - Jefferson Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, and Normandy High School - to offer the program before year's end.
Normandy received a $107,000 grant for its 3,300 students from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), a network of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the NEA Foundation, and the School Nutrition Foundation.
The program is designed to serve nutritionally well-balanced breakfasts that meet the current USDA nutrition standards for the School Breakfast Program (SBP). The BIC program is an in-class model that encourages all students to participate in breakfast. The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975.
States across the country are requiring schools to make the transition toward non-traditional breakfast service like Breakfast in the Classroom. In fact, 12 states have already enacted legislation that require low-income schools with low breakfast participation to implement non-traditional breakfast service.
According to the Food Research & Action Center's recently released School Breakfast Scorecard, more than 226,000 low-income children in Missouri participated in the national School Breakfast Program on an average school day in 2017-2018. Operation Food Search notes that 17.4 percent of children in Missouri - nearly one in six children - live in households that struggle with hunger.
On a national basis, 57% of low-income students who participate in the school lunch program also participated in school breakfast. In Missouri, 60.9% of low-income students who receive school lunch also receive school breakfast. 93.6% of Missouri schools that offer lunch also offer breakfast.
Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides food and nutrition education. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families with a range of programs and services proven to reduce food insecurity and increase access to healthy and affordable food. The agency helps feed more than 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis - one-third of which are children - through a network of 330 community partners in 31 Missouri and Illinois counties. Operation Food Search is located at 1644 Lotsie Blvd. For more information, call (314) 726-5355 or visit http://www.OperationFoodSearch.org.