Snyder announces $23,247 in grants to expand breakfast for students in Bethlehem-Center, Carmichaels school districts
HARRISBURG, May 16 – Bethlehem-Center and Carmichaels school district students will have access to a healthy breakfast, thanks to a grant through the state’s School Breakfast Initiative, announced state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington.
The Bethlehem-Center School District was awarded $15,000 through the program, with Carmichaels Area School District awarded $8,247.
“Breakfast is one the most important meals of the day, especially for students,” Snyder 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, which launched two years ago, allows schools to use grants to increase and sustain breakfast participation by 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.
“The state’s Department of Education notes that only half of students who receive a free or reduced lunch also receive breakfast,” Snyder said. “These grants will enable schools to address food security issues, while at the same time, also help more students in need, either through starting a new breakfast program or improving an existing one.”