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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mobile County schools to offer free breakfasts for all students

Posted by Rena Philips in General  |  Comments (6)

Beginning Nov. 1, all Mobile County Public Schools students will be able to eat a free breakfast.

Alabama’s largest school system has just been approved for a federal program known as Universal Free Breakfast, which means any student – not just those who financially qualify for the free meals – can get a healthy, hot breakfast upon arriving to school.

The school system will be reimbursed either the entire cost of the breakfast, or a portion of the cost, based on each student's family's financial situation.

Currently, the school system serves 19,700 breakfasts daily, and more than 40,000 lunches, making MCPSS the largest restaurant in Alabama. The school system has about 59,000 students.

MCPSS Child Nutrition Director Suzanne Yates said her goal is to increase the number of students eating breakfast at school from 30 percent to 60 percent. Students who eat breakfast, she said, are more likely to perform well in class, come to school and be on time to school.

"We're also hoping this will help with behavior," Yates said. "The more food children have in their stomachs, the less likely they are to act out."

Schools will offer the free breakfasts in one of several different ways, depending on demand and the layout of the school. They are: in the cafeteria, in the classroom, or by having a kiosk in another location of the school.

Each school will need to decide what best suits their needs, Yates said. A couple of schools have been experimenting with serving the breakfasts universally.

The Universal Free Breakfast program is run by the USDA, which requires that grains, milk and juice be served. Yates said the cafeterias also try to provide a meat. A sample breakfast menu may be:

  • A chicken biscuit, fruit and milk.
  • A pancake on a stick, fruit and milk.

Mobile County Public Schools is the only district in Alabama to have all its schools meet the Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge by serving nutritious meals and emphasizing more physical activities.


Comments on "Mobile County schools to offer free breakfasts for all students"

10/26/2013 11:30:17 AM CST

1. Cassandra Hansberry said...

Hello,

The decision to serve breakfast to all students of Mobile starts the day in a positive direction for parents and children.  Although better nutrition is the goal, if used to its advantage, it would also provide students with  more time to sleep in before school and parents more time to organize themselves before waking their child/children. 

10/25/2013 3:53:18 PM CST

2. Katrina B. Kennedy said...

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day....Most of the children who attend the Mobile County Public schools have to be transported to school so early, that they may miss breakfast at home, and then a bowl of cereal may not hold some of the children until lunch.  SO, I agree it is completely helpful to have the breakfast meals provided for our children.  Thank you for seeing after the needs of our children.

10/25/2013 10:26:43 AM CST

3. Marcina Lang said...

Awesome! Knowing that some children, elementary to high school, can not always get a good breakfast daily for various reasons, it is nice that they count on something to eat at school. Good Job MCPSS

10/25/2013 8:03:37 AM CST

4. PAMELA RANDLE said...

I THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. MOST OF THE STUDENTS IN THE SYSTEM, THE MEAL THEY GET FROM SCHOOL IS THE BEST OR ONLY MEAL THEY GET. HURRAY TO YOU MCPSS. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, IF THE BREAKFAST WORKS OUT HOPEFULLY YOU CAN DO THE SAME AND BOOST THE LUNCH TO 85%. THANK YOU.

10/24/2013 10:18:57 AM CST

5. Brenda Lott said...

This is a great idea. I hope it works out and boosts test grades

10/24/2013 8:53:11 AM CST

6. Elaine said...

Wonderful!  I don't qualify for free lunch for my son, but the free breakfast will help me out tremendously!  Thank you!!!

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