#Thrive in USD 259: Morning Meals
Wednesday, Jan. 30 | 6 p.m.
Urban League of Kansas (2418 E 9th St N, Wichita, KS 67214)
Since 2015, Kansas Appleseed has been working with USD 259 and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) to address hunger and food insecurity among Kansas children by increasing breakfast participation, especially among those who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
KSDE set a goal to increase breakfast participation by 5% across the state of Kansas. And if 70% of Wichita Public Schools students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals participate in school breakfast, the district food service fund would receive an additional $14,862 in federal reimbursement dollars every day.
Research shows that our public schools serve 50.8 breakfasts for every 100 free or reduced-price lunches served. With your help, we can reach that 70% threshold.
We do this by introducing innovative breakfast delivery models in our schools.
School breakfast has been linked with better test performance and fewer cases of tardiness, absenteeism, disciplinary problems, and visits to the school nurse. Improved overall dietary quality results in a lower probability of issues related to being overweight or obese. We don't have look at research to define results, though. Our very own Terrell Davis, USD 259’s executive director of public affairs and special projects, has proven these facts.
I strongly encourage you to join our effort of making sure our children's nutritional health is a top priority. Join us, parents, students, community members, and more at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Urban League of Kansas office to learn more!
Durell is a community organizer at Kansas Appleseed and is working to fight hunger and injustice in Wichita. Connect with Durell at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot him a call or text at (316)-302-6381.