October 6, 2016

PARTNERS FOR BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM ANNOUNCE $7.5 MILLION IN NEW FUNDING TO BRING SCHOOL BREAKFAST TO 30,000 STUDENTS IN 10 STATES

Call for school districts to apply for funding to implement Breakfast in the Classroom programs to help fight childhood hunger

WASHINGTON (October 6, 2016) – As students settle in to the new school year, a free morning meal will become part of even more students’ daily routine thanks to Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (the Partners). For the fourth year in a row, the Partners, a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations, continue to expand efforts to fight against childhood hunger and improve participation in the federally funded School Breakfast Program. The Partners will award grants to school districts with a goal of increasing access to a nutritious morning meal for 30,000 students in 10 states, including: Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Breakfast in the Classroom reworks how school breakfast is delivered by offering a nutritious meal at no charge to all students regardless of their household income, and moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom to improve participation in the School Breakfast Program. While most U.S. schools participate in the program, barriers, including school bus schedules, late arrivals to school, pressure to go directly to class, and reluctance to be labeled “low-income,” have caused school breakfast participation rates to be low. Nearly half of low-income children who are eligible for a free or reduced-price breakfast through the federal School Breakfast Program are not eating it, according to a 2015 Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) analysis.

“When schools implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs, not only does it create a sense of community and family for the students, but administrators see a wide range of benefits ranging from an increase in student attentiveness and attendance to a decrease in discipline and behavior problems,” said Scott DiMauro, Ohio Education Association Vice President. “The Partners look forward to helping thousands more children start each school day off right with a healthy, nutritious meal that not only benefits them, but impacts the daily lives of their parents and school staff.”

The Partners include the following four organizations: the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and The NEA Foundation. Through a $7.5 million grant from Walmart Foundation, the Partners will work closely with state affiliates to provide technical assistance and support to school districts in developing and implementing the breakfast program. The Partners’ grants will provide funding to school districts to assist with the upfront costs typically associated with starting a breakfast in the classroom program. That includes assisting schools with purchasing large and small equipment, marketing and communication needs, training for school building staff, and short-term school food and nutrition services staffing.

Since 2010, 35 school districts in 18 states have been awarded a grant by the Partners to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs resulting in more than 63,000 students starting their day off with a healthy breakfast.

The application is now open for school districts in the 10 states. For more information, to find out if a district is eligible, and review the application, visit www.BreakfastintheClassroom.org.

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About Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom
The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (the Partners) came together in 2010 in response to their shared passion for childhood nutrition and its potential for improving educational outcomes and child health. The Partners is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and The NEA Foundation. The Partners provide technical assistance and support to school districts to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs.
The mission of the Partners is to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal through the implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom programs.

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September 14, 2016

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Receive $7.5 Million Grant to Increase Participation in School Breakfast Program  

Funding is part of more than $33 million in grants awarded to 11 national non-profits by the Walmart Foundation
 
Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2016) ­– The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom – a consortium of nutrition and education organizations including the Food Research & Action Center, the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation, and The NEA Foundation is one of 11 organizations to receive grant funding to fight hunger from the Walmart Foundation. The program is designed to improve participation in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program by implementing breakfast in the classroom programs in target states.
 
With the USDA reporting 42.2 million people in America, including more than 13 million children lived in households at  at risk of struggling with hunger, the Walmart Foundation grants are helping provide meals to those who need them the most, helping students access the nutritious food they need for focused minds – both in and out of school.

“We share the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to fighting hunger and were thrilled to be selected to receive this recent grant funding,” said Patricia Montague, Chief Executive Officer of the School Nutrition Foundation. “Thanks to our work with the Walmart Foundation, we’ve been able to fund alternative breakfast programs in 18 states and in 36 school districts to feed over 63,000 additional students school breakfast.”

“These philanthropic investments are the latest examples of our long-standing commitment to hunger relief and dedication to ensuring every family has access to healthy and affordable food in the times and places they may need it,” said Karrie Denniston, Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation. “Collaboration and dedication are key to making a positive impact on the issue of hunger in the U.S. and we’re proud to work with the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom and our ten other nonprofit partners to support hunger relief and nutrition education for families in need. Thanks to the programs our partners have implemented, millions of children and families will have access to the healthy food needed to support a successful school year and beyond.”

The grant awarded to Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom is one of 11 grants awarded to national nonprofit organizations totaling more than $33 million to fund nutrition education and meal programs for youth, and increase families’ access to fruits and vegetables through state and federal nutrition assistance programs.

In October of 2014, Walmart announced a commitment to create a more sustainable food system, with a focus on improving affordability by lowering the “true cost” of food for both customers and the environment, increasing access to food, making healthier eating easier, and improving the safety and transparency of the food chain. The commitment includes a goal of providing four billion meals to those in need by 2020.

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The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (the Partners) came together in 2010 in response to their shared passion for childhood nutrition and its potential for improving educational outcomes and child health. The Partners is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and The NEA Foundation. The Partners provide technical assistance and support to school districts to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs.

The mission of the Partners is to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal through the implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom programs.

About Walmart 
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,535 stores under 72 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs more than 2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.

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INNOVATIVE BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM PROGRAM TO EXPAND IN 2015 PROVIDING THOUSANDS OF MORE STUDENTS ACROSS THE NATION WITH A HEALTHY MORNING MEAL

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Provides Funding to Select School Districts in Seven States To Implement Successful School Breakfast Model

Washington, D.C. (November 19, 2014) – For the third year in a row,  Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom is expanding efforts to help combat the continual fight against childhood hunger and improve participation in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program.  Selected school districts in seven states will receive a grant to implement the program from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom – a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations. The seven states include: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The Breakfast in the Classroom program reworks how school breakfast is delivered, by offering it at no charge to all students and moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom to improve participation in the federally-funded program. While most U.S. schools participate in the federally-funded School Breakfast Program, only half of low-income children who are eligible for a free or reduced-price breakfast through the federal School Breakfast Program are eating it, according to a 2013 Food Research and Action Center analysis.  School bus schedules, late arrivals to school, pressure to go directly to class, and reluctance to be labeled “low-income” are among the reasons that many students do not participate in cafeteria-based school breakfast.

“As the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom continue efforts for the third year, the history of success is encouraging and underscores the role food plays in helping our children grow into healthy and well-educated young adults,” said Princess Moss, Secretary-Treasurer at the National Education Association, speaking on behalf of the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. “The benefits of children eating breakfast at school are well-documented and expansive, with better performance on standardized tests, better attendance records and are less disruptive in the classroom.  It’s reassuring to know that thousands of more students will reap the benefits of a nutritious morning meal.”

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom includes the following four organizations: the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF), the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF).  Through a $5 million grant from Walmart Foundation, the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom will work closely with state partners to provide technical assistance and support to school districts in developing and implementing the breakfast program.

School districts in six of the seven states are currently eligible to apply for grant funds. School districts in Virginia have until December 31, 2014 and Arizona districts have until February 27, 2015 to complete and submit their applications.  Pennsylvania school district applications are currently under review and grantees will be announced in the coming weeks.

Since 2010, 15 school districts have been awarded a grant by the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom programs resulting in more than 37,000 students starting their day off with a healthy breakfast.  The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom anticipate serving breakfast to more than 25,000 additional students over the next two years.

For more information, or to find out more about the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grants, visit www.BreakfastintheClassroom.org.

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