VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and soon-to-be First Lady Pam Northam visited White Oaks Elementary School to promote healthy breakfast eating Wednesday morning.
The visit was part of a No Kid Hungry Virginia initiative encouraging schools to help make breakfast a priority for students in the Commonwealth.
Virginia Beach City Public Schools has made “Breakfast After the Bell” a priority across all schools in 2017. The program takes breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom while students are settling into their school day.
So far in 2017, VBCPS has served 130,000 more meals in the first the three months than they did in the same timeframe last year. In 2016, the school district served 2.6 million breakfasts.
“By making breakfast available after the bell, we are ensuring that all children are well fed and ready to learn each and every day,” McAuliffe said in a press release. “Kids can’t be hungry to learn if they’re just plain hungry.”
The focus on “the most important meal” will continue through the month of December during the Virginia Breakfast Challenge with schools in the state competing to have the best increases in school breakfast program participation.
“We’re excited for the enthusiasm, commitment and resources our schools have put into the Virginia Breakfast Challenge and look forward to continuing to grow school breakfast programs across the state,” Claire Mansfield, director of No Kid Hungry Virginia, said.
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