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Grant essential to students

It is no secret that many children through the county face hunger issues, and the breakfast and lunches served at school are their main sources of nutritious meals each day.

We are fortunate that a majority of the schools in the county can offer free breakfast or lunch, and in some cases both, throughout their school districts.

Although it is free, some students still don’t have the ability to sit down and eat breakfast at school for a variety of reasons like running late and not being able to sit down and eat before class begins.

In an effort to overcome that, through a $4,000 grant from the Children’s Hunger Alliance, the Dawson-Bryant food service department now has the ability to develop and test a quicker “grab-and-go” type of breakfast offering to students. While initially this only impacts the high school, this is a step in the right direction to allow more young people to get a nutritious breakfast.

Eating breakfast can be a critical element in students receiving and processing the information being presented by their teachers each day that will ultimately allow them to be successful in the classroom.

We hope that this program is successful and benefits each student who is able to eat a quality meal each school morning.