Rep. Bizzarro announces more than $8,500 in breakfast grants

HARRISBURG, May 15 – More Erie students will start their day with a healthy breakfast thanks to more than $8,500 in state grants, state Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, announced today.

Bizzarro said the grants promise to fuel better academic performance for area kids.

“Just as nutrition plays in a key role in child development, it’s also strongly tied to academic performance. Studies show that a proper breakfast improves kids’ concentration, thinking and other skills needed for success in the classroom. I’m so glad our efforts to bring about this funding were successful. Our kids deserve every chance to be their best.”

The funding, which is part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative, includes $4,660 to General McLane High School and $3,843 to the Montessori Regional Charter School.

Launched two years ago, the initiative provides schools funding to implement breakfast programs using alternative serving methods such as “grab-and-go” or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method.