Grant to enhance Missouri schools breakfast programs

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COLUMBIA- Breakfast is bringing the money. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education received a grant of about $190,000 to help expand the funding of breakfast programs across the state. The grant was given to department by the NFL’s Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Grant program.

The grant is currently being disbursed throughout 24 school districts throughout the state, making a total of 66 schools that will receive a portion of the reward.

“Increasing breakfast participation for students is nothing but positive. A child who has food in their stomach, is ready to learn, and definitely more ambitious, just more vibrant. You can’t go wrong with school breakfast,” Coordinator of Nutrition for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Karen Wooton said.

Seeing a need to create healthier environments in schools throughout the Midwest, dairy farmers provide funding to the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and the School Nutrition Grants program which allowed schools to apply for up to $5,000 in total value. Since 2009, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $215 million in school nutrition equipment grants. USDA provides this funding to states, which then competitively award grants to school districts in order to purchase necessary equipment, giving priority to high-need schools where 50 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.