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Breakfast Scorecard Puts WV Schools on Top

October 24, 2002

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia ranks among the top states in the nation participating in the School Breakfast Program according to the 12th Annual Status Report on the School Breakfast Program recently published by the Food and Research Action Center.  

“West Virginia has been working very hard to ensure every student is well nourished and ready to learn,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “ This latest report is a nice pat on the back for all of those who have dedicated their time making our program a success.”  

According to the Status Report on the School Breakfast, twenty states operated the School Breakfast Program in 90 % or more of the schools operating the National School Lunch Program during the 2001- 02 school year. South Carolina ranked number one with 100 % of schools participating in the program. West Virginia and Delaware tied for second place with 99% of schools participating in the program.  

The report commends the state for policies that promote student participation in the Breakfast Program.  

The report also indicates that more that eight million children start the day right by eating a nutritious breakfast at school. In West Virginia, more than 84 thousand students participate in the School Breakfast Program. However, the report also indicates schools across the nation still have a lot of work to do. There are 18.9 million additional students who participate in school lunch but go without breakfast in the morning.  

"West Virginia was among the first states to recognize the importance of the School Breakfast Program in preparing students to learn,” said Mary Kay Harrison, Executive Director of the Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition. “Since its beginnings in the early 1980's, the program has steadily grown. What we know about the benefits of School Breakfast has also grown. Research studies consistently find that eating school breakfast is associated with students' improved test performance, reduced absence and better classroom behavior. The program provides a convenient, affordable choice for families. It ensures that children are receiving a morning meal that meets their nutrition needs."  

The Food and Research Action Center is a leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and under-nutrition.  

You can find the full report online at http://www.frac.org

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