Winton Woods Middle School and Winton Woods Intermediate School students are benefiting from a nourishing morning meal that started early this school year. A grant to support this initiative was awarded by Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom and funded by Wal-Mart for over $44,000. Food carts, monitors and finger scanners were purchased to reduce lunch lines and provide ample time for our students to eat.
While most schools offer meal programs, many students do not participate in cafeteria-based school breakfast programs because of bus schedules, late arrivals to school, pressure to go directly to class or reluctance to participate. This program reworks how school breakfast is delivered by offering it to all students at no charge and moving distribution from the cafeteria to the classroom in an effort to improve participation in the federally-funded school breakfast program, while boosting learning and health. “Winton Woods City Schools believes every student should reach their full potential. By adding this free nutritious meal, we believe it will allow students to focus less on eating morning breakfast and more on their academic studies ensuring more success in the classrooms,” said Director of Food Service Mark Docter. “We are grateful to the Children’s Hunger Alliance for selecting us to be a part of such an impactful program.”
We are very fortunate that our district was selected to participate in the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom program, which is a joint initiative between school districts and local, state and national organizations. The organizations that comprise the Partners include the Food Research and Action Center, National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation, and the National Education Association.