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Councilmember Cheh’s Healthy Schools Act Makes D.C. No. 1 in U.S. for School Breakfast Participation
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Councilmember Cheh’s Healthy Schools Act Makes D.C. No. 1 in U.S. for School Breakfast Participation

 

From Kiara Pesante:

On February 21, 2012, Councilmember Mary M. Cheh, author of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, and D.C. Hunger Solutions will host “Breakfast in the Council” to celebrate the District’s school breakfast program, which is ranked no. 1 in the nation. The event will feature a ceremonial resolution presented to DCPS, school breakfast served to the Council by District students, and remarks from other dignitaries and special guests on the importance of breakfast as a health and academic intervention.

 

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) issues the School Breakfast Scorecard annually, which measures school breakfast participation across the country. In 2010, D.C. was no. 20 on the list. On this year’s list, released yesterday, the District ranks no. 1 in the United States for school breakfast.

 

“I am very pleased that the Healthy Schools Act is helping so many more low-income students to have a healthy, nutritious start to their day,” said Councilmember Cheh, who authored the law. “Our efforts to improve the health of our children mean we are not only feeding their stomachs well, but also their minds in order to boost performance in the classroom. We will continue to fight and legislate on their behalf as D.C. students set the standard for the nation in healthy eating.”

 

The School Breakfast Scorecard measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program nationally and by state.  During the 2010-2011 school year, 64 low-income Washington, D.C. children ate breakfast for every 100 that also ate lunch – a 32 percent increase from the prior school year when only 48 out of 100 were reached.

 

Nationally, participation in the School Breakfast Program grew to include 9.8 million low-income children during the 2010-2011 school year, an increase of 354,000 low-income children over the previous school year. Since the 2007-2008 school year, when the recession began, the School Breakfast Program has grown by 18.6 percent, serving an additional 1.5 million low-income children a healthy breakfast each day.

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