Petrarca announces $10,000 in grants to expand breakfast for students in Derry Area School District

HARRISBURG, May 16 – Students in the Derry Area School District will have access to a healthy breakfast, thanks to a grant through the state’s School Breakfast Initiative, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced today.

Both Derry Area Senior High School and Derry Area Middle School were each awarded a $5,000 grant through the program.

“Study after study has shown that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day for children,” Petrarca said. “We know that nutrition plays a key role in a child’s development, but also in their academic performance. This funding will allow students to focus less on their empty stomachs and more so on their schoolwork.”  

The state’s School Breakfast Initiative allows schools to use grants to increase and sustain breakfast participation through implementing or expanding alternative breakfast options, including grab-and-go breakfasts, or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method.

“These grants will allow our schools to address food security issues and assist more students in need, either through starting a new breakfast program or improving an existing one,” Petrarca added.