Universal Free Breakfast at Ishpeming Schools

ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - Most people know breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

To help kids prepare for their day in class, Ishpeming Public Schools are now providing universal free breakfast for students up to 8th grade for the month of February.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, without eating a healthy breakfast, people can't function at their highest levels

Students who do not eat breakfast before school are especially affected and are highly likely to under-perform or even behave poorly.

That's why Ishpeming Public School staff are aiming to feed as many kids as possible.

"We're piloting a universal free breakfast for grades Junior Kindergarten all the way up into 8th grade for Ishpeming Public Schools, this is for the month of February," Food Service Director for Ishpeming Public Schools Calvin Attwell said.

This program is separate from "Title I" Free and Reduced Lunches, and is available to all students.

"They don't have to do anything they just come in get their breakfast and they're good to go," Attwell said.

Funding for the program is reimbursed through the Michigan Department of Education's School Breakfast Program.

"It's not costing the tax payers anything," Attwell said. "It's based on free and reduced lunch percentages in the district and if your percentage is a certain point then you qualify to do this universal free breakfast."

Kids are offered things like cereal, yogurt parfait, oatmeal, French Toast and at Birchview Elementary, things like toasted bagels.

"We're going to try it for February and then depending on how well it went we're going to hopefully continue it through the school year," Attwell said.

Currently, about 40 middle schoolers and 80 elementary students are fed free breakfast at Ishpeming school.

Through the program, the school hopes to double the number of students eating free breakfast by the end of the month.

For more information on the programs, you can visit the Michigan.gov.



 
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