Release: Go Big Breakfast Coalition and No Kid Hungry support Breakfast through school grants

***For Immediate Release***
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Contacts:
Eric Savaiano
Go Big Breakfast Facilitator
Senior Program Coordinator, Nebraska Appleseed
(402) 438-8853 ext. 126, esavaiano@neappleseed.org 

Sharon Davis
Administrator, Office of Nutrition Services
Nebraska Department of Education
(402) 471-3559, Sharon.L.Davis@nebraska.gov

Go Big Breakfast Coalition and No Kid Hungry support Breakfast Programs through local school grants

20 Nebraska public schools awarded grants to help feed more students

Lincoln, NE – The Go Big Breakfast coalition has awarded $56,000 in grants supported by the No Kid Hungry campaign to 20 schools across Nebraska to transition from serving no breakfast or breakfast through a traditional cafeteria model to an alternative breakfast model, such as grab and go, second chance, or breakfast in the classroom. By switching to an alternative breakfast model, these schools are helping feed more students by bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it a part of the school day. 

Matt Dominy, Curriculum and Staff Development Director at Seward Public Schools commented on Seward High School being awarded $5,000 this week through a Go Big Breakfast grant: “Seward High School is thrilled to be awarded the Go Big Breakfast grant for 2020. The alternative model of breakfast delivery will help our district meet the needs of our students and help prepare them for a successful day of school. Our district wellness committee identified a need to provide breakfast in a non-traditional manner and we are thankful to the sponsors of this grant for helping our school bring the alternative breakfast model to reality.”

One in six children in Nebraska are food insecure, according to Feeding America. Research shows that hunger has long-term impacts on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases. Traditional cafeteria breakfast can be challenging to access for students. With late buses, late drop-off, and historic stigma from thinking breakfast is only for low-income students, cafeteria breakfast can keep kids from the food they need. 

“Even though the state ranks 48th in the nation in terms of school breakfast participation, adding even one more alternative breakfast program makes a difference,” said Eric Savaiano, Nebraska Appleseed’s Senior Program Coordinator. “We definitely know it makes a difference for hungry students in that school.”

“We are thrilled to be able to offer support to our schools in the pursuit of healthier students, and a healthier future for our state,” said Sharon Davis, Administrator of Nutrition Services at NDE. “These Go Big Breakfast grants supported by the No Kid Hungry campaign are a great asset.”

Melissa Lusk, Board Leadership Development Associate at NASB said, “We are pleased that districts across the state will be able to use this grant to make positive changes in their schools to ultimately impact student well-being and achievement. We hope more will follow suit!” 

Congratulations to the following schools who received funding through Go Big Breakfast / No Kid Hungry breakfast grants:

  • Alliance Public Schools: Emerson Elementary, Grandview Elementary, Alliance Middle School
  • Cedar Bluffs Public School: Cedar Bluffs Elementary School
  • Dundy County Stratton Public Schools: Stratton High School, Benkelman Elementary School
  • Gering School District: Gering Junior High
  • Grand Island Public Schools: Barr Middle School
  • Hay Springs Public Schools: Hay Springs High School, Middle School, Elementary School
  • Minden Public Schools: Minden High School, CL Jones Middle School, East Elementary School
  • Plainview Public Schools: Plainview Secondary School
  • Schuyler Community Schools: Central High School
  • Seward Public Schools: Seward High School
  • Stanton Community Schools: Stanton High School
  • Stanton Community Schools: Stanton Elementary School
  • York Public School: York Middle School

 

ABOUT

The Go Big Breakfast coalition is made up of organizations, educators, and agency officials dedicated to helping more kids start their day with a win. Steering members include Nebraska Appleseed, the No Kid Hungry campaign, the Nebraska Association of School Boards, and the Nebraska Department of Education. Nebraska’s Go Big Breakfast coalition and its partners focus on alternative breakfast models as a critical way to break down barriers, feed more students that critical first meal of the day, and end childhood hunger across the state. 

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