Six School Districts Receive School Breakfast Mini-Grants

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Six School Districts Receive School Breakfast Mini-Grants

Alexandria, Va. – Nov. 4, 2014 – As a way to provide school breakfast to more low-income students, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, today announced the winners of new mini-grants for six school districts across the country.

Funded by the Walmart Foundation, the AASA breakfast initiative significantly increases the participation in already existing federal school breakfast programs. Studies have shown that children are not enrolled in the program for a number of reasons—either because their school does not provide the program, their parents do not have sufficient information about the program or understand that they are eligible to participate, or transportation to get the child to school in time for breakfast is not available.

The school districts to receive the grants are:

Grainger County Schools, Rutledge, Tenn.
Superintendent: Edwin Jarnagin
Grant: $6,000

Hannibal Central School District, Hannibal, N.Y.
Superintendent: Donna Fountain
Grant: $9,289

LaRue County School District, Hodgenville, Ky.
Superintendent: Sam Sanders
Grant: $8,300

Lawrence County School District, Moulton, Ala.
Superintendent: C. Heath Grimes
Grant: $8,333

Murphy School District #21, Phoenix, Ariz.
Superintendent: Lenora D. Jenkins
Grant: $10,000

Taos Municipal School District, Taos, N.M.
Superintendent: Lillian Torrez
Grant: $6,832

“School breakfast is a key factor when determining student academic achievement and health,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Students need breakfast to fuel their work. No matter the quality of the teacher in front of the classroom, a hungry student is not going to learn effectively. We are grateful to Walmart for partnering with us on this important program.”

Districts were eligible for the grant based on low breakfast participation and a high free/reduced meal rate. In addition, superintendents needed to be members of AASA. Each successful application indicated a plan to serve breakfast in an alternative way – either in the classroom or through a grab and go model using kiosks in the hallway so that more children had the opportunity to eat.

AASA’s Children’s Programs department, which oversees the school breakfast program, works to support where learning happens by providing assistance to school districts to ensure healthy, safe and engaged students. Learn more at: www.aasa.org/ChildrensPrograms.aspx.

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