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SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM AT H.A. BROWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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PHILADELPHIA – Today, The School District of Philadelphia celebrated National School Breakfast Week by highlighting the successful breakfast program at H.A. Brown Elementary School, where students are served breakfast in their classrooms every day.
Dr. William R. Hite, Superintendent of The School District of Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney and Councilwoman Helen Gym were on hand to join the students for breakfast and discuss the program.
“Beginning the day with a nutritious breakfast is key,” said Hite. “Students who eat a healthy breakfast typically learn better and perform better in school than those who go without breakfast. H.A. Brown Elementary School is an example of a school where the staff is doing great work to increase school breakfast participation, but there is more to be done throughout the District to ensure all students are starting their day nourished and ready to learn.”
H.A. Brown is one of 40 District schools that serves breakfast to more than 70 percent of its students.
“Children cannot learn when they are hungry and their basic needs are not met,” said Kenney. “Food insecurity affects far too many Philadelphians and we must all work together to address it. I commend the District and its partners for striving to increase participation in our school breakfast programs. It’s a key way that we can help our children succeed in and out of the classroom.”
The School District’s Operations Division provides free daily breakfast meals to all schools, and has recently expanded to offer breakfast in classrooms and “grab and go” hallway service, where students can easily grab breakfast items from a cart located in the school hallways or as they enter the school building. Breakfast may also be served in school cafeterias or multipurpose rooms. Schools are provided the opportunity to choose the delivery method that best meets their students’ needs.
The Operations Division has also expanded breakfast menu options to include additional healthy items, including parfaits, smoothies, and Rebel Crumbles, student-produced breakfast cakes filled with fruit that were introduced in all school cafeterias District-wide in January.