Schools will use their grants to purchase equipment and cover other program costs that enable them to expand school breakfast participation through alternative breakfast models, such as breakfast in the classroom and grab 'n go breakfast. These alternative breakfast models helps schools overcome many of the barriers that keep students from accessing school breakfast. A complete list of funded schools can be found at ActionforHealthyKids.org/Kellogg.
"It is thanks to the support of dedicated partners like Kellogg Company that we are able to continue to reach more and more schools and students each year with our school breakfast grants," said Rob Bisceglie, CEO Action for Healthy Kids. "Nationwide, so many more kids are eligible for school breakfast than actually participate. Programs like alternative school breakfast help to bridge that gap and provide vital nutrition to kids who need it the most."
"Because we know the power of breakfast in fueling better days and better lives, we're pleased to continue our long-time partnership with Action for Healthy Kids. School breakfast grants not only provide students with access to a nutritious breakfast each day, but in turn may improve the school experience for thousands of children," said Julie Bosley, Director, Philanthropy, Kellogg Company.
With support from Kellogg, AFHK has provided funding and technical support to 1,525 schools, helping them to serve more than 21 million new breakfasts to 135,284 hungry or undernourished students since 2009. Together, they have helped schools take advantage of the National School Breakfast program and increase breakfast participation among their students, on average, by 34%.
Expanding school breakfast programs is part of Kellogg Company's Breakfasts for Better Days global signature cause, launched in 2013. Through Breakfast for Better Days, Kellogg is seeking to expand breakfast programs around the globe, maximize product donations and advocate for the important role breakfast plays in the diet. To date, Kellogg has supported programs that have provided more than 1.4 billion servings of cereal and snacks (more than half of which are breakfast) to children and families in need around the world through Breakfasts for Better Days.
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