Brian Wieher to discuss the nonprofit's breakfast service program
Online PR News – 10-October-2019 – St. Louis, MO – Brian Wieher, Director of Child & Family Nutrition at Operation Food Search, will be a presenter at the Missouri School Nutrition Association's annual conference in Branson, Mo. on Oct. 19. The Missouri SNA is the state chapter of the School Nutrition Association, which is a national nonprofit professional organization that represents more than 57,000 members who provide high quality, low cost meals to students across the country.
Operation Food Search Director of Child & Family Nutrition Brian Wieher, along with Kansas City Public Schools Director of Food and Nutrition Jordan Gordon, will present their "Breakfast After The Bell: Overcoming Barriers." The presentation will highlight how they transformed a school district's breakfast service by using a non-traditional approach while remaining in compliance under the School Breakfast Program reimbursement.
Since the fall of 2018, Wieher has collaborated with the Kansas City School District to increase the breakfast participation rates in their elementary, middle and high schools. He will discuss how research points to the educational benefits of school breakfast—ranging from improved math scores and greater concentration to comprehension and better attendance—as well as the health benefits, which includes increased diet quality and nutrient intake.
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.