Longietti: State grants of nearly $20,000 to fund area school breakfast programs

HARRISBURG, May 16 – State grants totaling $19,161 will fund breakfast programs for four schools in the 7th Legislative District, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced.

Longietti said the funding – part of the governor’s School Breakfast Initiative – should boost student performance.

“There’s a clear link between nutrition and academic achievement, and that’s especially true when it comes to breakfast,” Longietti said. “Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast before class are two times more likely to perform well on tests than those who don’t. I’m especially pleased that we were able to help secure this funding, which will go a long way toward ensuring our kids perform at their best.”

Longietti said the following Mercer County schools will receive grants:

Case Avenue Elementary School – $4,860
Sharon Senior High School – $4,958
West Hill Elementary School – $4,976
C.M. Musser Elementary School – $4,367

Launched two years ago, the School Breakfast 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.