SWVA schools recieved grants for breakfast programs

By Bristol Herald Courier

Abingdon Elementary School was one of the 18 schools in Virginia to receive a No Kid Hungry Virginia grant to support its before-school breakfast program.

No Kid Hungry Virginia has awarded more than $76,500 in grants to support breakfast programs at 18 schools in the commonwealth since October. The funds support Breakfast After the Bell program, an initiative that increases students access to a school breakfast by making it part of the school day, according to a news release.

Grundy Senior High School in Buchanan County received a $5,000 grant and both Holston High School and Abingdon Elementary received a $1,898 grant respectively.

More than 1,000 schools in Virginia have Breakfast After the Bell programs, as more than 300,000 children’s families struggle with hunger in the commonwealth.

“With the help of our school divisions and partners, more Virginia students are eating breakfast at school every day,” Claire Mansfield, No Kid Hungry Virginia state director, said. “No Kid Hungry Virginia is committed to connecting more students in the commonwealth with breakfast by expanding and strengthening Breakfast After the Bell programs.”

Research shows that hunger has long-term ramifications on students, including weaker attendance rates, lower test scores and a higher risk of chronic diseases and hospitalizations, according to the news release.

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