From the Hawaii Appleseed Center

The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice has partnered with three low-income schools on Oahu and the Hawaii Department of Education to work to increase participation in the school breakfast program. Its Expanding School Breakfast Participation project is moving forward with the help of funders.

The Legislature’s Grant-in-aid program awarded Hawaii Appleseed $85,000 to pay for the food for the additional meals at participating pilot schools. The Walmart Foundation has also awarded $17,200 to help cover administrative expenses and $47,800 for food costs. Additionally, Linapuni Elementary has been selected to receive a small grant to assist with outreach efforts from Action for Healthy Kids.

Linapuni School, Kaewai Elementary, both in Kalihi, and Kaala Elementary in Wahiawa seek to increase participation in their breakfast programs. LEJ will collaborate with these low-income schools in an effort to serve free breakfast to all students, ideally through a breakfast in the classroom or grab and go model that will enable more students to eat breakfast, even if they arrive a few minutes late. The Department of Education oversees the school meals program and is a critical partner in this effort.

Part of the LEJ effort includes working with community groups to conduct effective outreach to families from all backgrounds and partnering with Goodsill Anderson, a prominent Honolulu law firm, for assistance with policy research.

Click HERE for more information and to view a video below, produced by the Florida Dairy Council, which describes the need and process of "breakfast after the bell" as Florida schools have implemented it.

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