RELEASE: No Kid Hungry California Invests More Than $700k in Local School Breakfast Programs

September 3, 2019

Contact: Johanna Elsemore at jelsemore@strength.org

Pasadena, CA – As kids across the state head back to school this fall, many more students will be well-nourished and ready to learn thanks to Breakfast After the Bell, a program that increases access to school breakfast by bringing it out of the cafeteria and making it a part of the school day.

In 2019 to date, No Kid Hungry California has awarded more than $703,454 in grants to support nearly 100 schools across the state that will implement or expand their breakfast programs in the 2019-2020 school year. In addition to grant funding to support critical equipment, staffing and marketing needs, No Kid Hungry provides technical assistance to districts as they implement new programs.

More than 1 in 5 children in California live in families that struggle with hunger. Research shows that hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases. No Kid Hungry California and its partners focus on Breakfast After the Bell as a critical way to end childhood hunger in across the state.

Accessing traditional cafeteria breakfast service can be challenging for many kids. Breakfast After the Bell provides breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in increased student participation. Research indicates that eating breakfast at school helps children improve classroom performance, attendance and promotes healthy habits.

“As kids head back to school this fall, school breakfast is as critical to their ability to learn as any other school supply,” said Kathy Saile, No Kid Hungry California state director. “No Kid Hungry California is committed to connecting students all across our state with breakfast by expanding and strengthening Breakfast After the Bell programs.”

The following schools received grant funding from No Kid Hungry California to support implementation or expansion of school breakfast grants in the 2019-2020 school year:

Stine Elementary School
Louise Sandrini Elementary School
Amy B. Seibert Elementary School
Casa Loma Elementary School
Las Palmas Elementary School
Kinoshita Elementary School
Marco Forster Middle School
San Juan Elementary School
Marblehead Elementary School
William Green Elementary School
F. D. Roosevelt Elementary School
Will Rogers Middle School
Woodville Elementary School
LA Promise Charter High School
LA Promise Charter Middle School
Enterprise Elementary School
Gifford C. Cole Middle School
ICEF View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter School*
ICEF View Park Preparatory Charter High School
ICEF Inglewood Elementary Charter Academy
Leroy Nichols Elementary School
Lodi Middle School
Roseland Elementary School
Moreno Valley High School*
Valley View High School*
Canyon Springs High School
Sunnymead Middle School
Vista del Lago High School
Marshall Elementary School
Edwin and Anita Lee Newcomer School
Trapp Elementary School
Bemis Elementary School
Myers Elementary School*
Casey Elementary School*
Riverbank Elementary School
Stonegate Elementary School
Westmore Oaks Elementary School
River City High School
Elkhorn Village Elementary School
Bridgeway Island Elementary School
Southport Elementary School
Richard L. Graves Middle School
Durfee Elementary School
Lawrence T. Magee Elementary School
North Ranchito Elementary School
South Ranchito Elementary School
North Park Middle School
Hawthorne Middle School
Bud Carson Middle School
Kornblum Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Eucalyptus Elementary School
Prairie Vista Middle School
Ramona Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Zela Davis Elementary School
York Elementary School
Monte Vista Elementary School
Rio Hondo Elementary School
Columbia Elementary School
Wright Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
Jean Parker Elementary School
Sanchez Elementary School
Tenderloin Community Elementary School
John Muir Elementary School
Junipero Serra Elementary School
Billy Mitchell Elementary School
Jane Addams Middle School
Oakland Charter Academy
John Henry High School
Westfield Village Elementary School
Napa Junction Elementary School
McPherson Elementary

*These grants were funded with the generous support of Amazon. 

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About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in 7 kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org