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'Breakfast After the Bell' Rings True in Efforts to Combat Kids' Hunger

Reasons why school kids go hungry in the morning range from not having breakfast available at home to being embarrassed about getting a free before-school meal.

‘Breakfast After the Bell’ Rings True in Efforts to Combat Kids' Hunger

Reasons why school kids go hungry in the morning range from not having breakfast available at home to being embarrassed about getting a free before-school meal.

“Breakfast After the Bell,” a new program backed by state lawmakers and education officials, aims to eliminate a key problem with serving breakfast before the school day begins -- few students are actually in school to eat the food.

The program, which school administrators are being urged to join, lets schools take 10 minutes at the start of the day to quickly serve and have students eat breakfast.

The increasingly popular initiative has contributed to surging participation in the school breakfast program.

The number of free and reduced-price breakfasts served in schools rrose from 136,000 in October 2010 to 184,000 in April 2013. Since then, state officials say, the number of meals served has risen even more. When all school breakfasts, including unsubsidized meals are totaled, 254,000 morning meals are currently being served statewide daily.

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