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D.C. Council Members Start The Day With A Healthy Breakfast
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D.C. Council Members Start The Day With A Healthy Breakfast

 

From Karen Sibert:

DC Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown arrived to work this morning to a healthy breakfast delivered by students from Kimball Elementary School in Ward 7. He was joined by Ward 3 Member Mary Cheh, who organized the event, and Councilmembers Phil Mendelson (At-Large) and Yvette Alexander (Ward 7). The students served a wholesome meal of wheat French toast, turkey sausage, fruit, and milk before the start of the Committee of Whole meeting.

 

Earlier this month, the Council unanimously passed the “District of Columbia School Breakfast Recognition Resolution of 2012,” which officially recognized the District of Columbia Public Schools and Public Charter Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and DC Hunger Solutions for achieving the highest school breakfast participation in the nation and for substantially improving the quality of school breakfast meals.

“We know the tangible health benefits of eating breakfast, including better concentration, and higher energy and productivity levels – all of which are important for school-aged children,” said Chairman Brown. “The reason we are able to celebrate this good news is because of the partnerships developed to make sure our children have access to healthy breakfast foods every day.

 

According to the School Breakfast Scorecard, published each year by the Food Research and Action Center, the District jumped from 20th in the nation to 1st, having the highest school breakfast participation rate in the nation. The achievement is a result of the District’s efforts to implement the Healthy Schools Act, which increased the nutritional quality of breakfast meals and expanded access to breakfast by providing meals in schools with many low-income students.  Because of the Healthy Schools Act, the District served 32% more school breakfasts last year. The District now receives millions more in federal dollars to provide healthy meals to low-income students.

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