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MDA Equipment Grant Success Story

In January, Midwest Dairy Council provided $34,000 in School Nutrition Equipment Grants to seven participating schools in St. Louis, MO. After the schools used the funding to implement Grab and Go Breakfast Carts, they saw an impressive increase in average daily school breakfast participation of over 20 percent.

Here’s what some of the middle school and high school students had to say:

  • “I really enjoyed it because usually I don't eat school breakfast but I thought I would try it, it was great. Now that I eat breakfast, I have more energy and I can learn and be active in class.” – Middle School Student
  • “The Grab and Go is so great, I never really went through the cafeteria line before but now that we have this, it is easy and fast!” – High School Student
  • “I like the way it looks. I can just get something real quick.” – Middle School Student

As we kick off National School Breakfast Week, this story is just one more concrete example of why we must continue to work together to play a part in bringing school breakfast to all kids across the country.

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard published last month has more stories just like this one from schools that successfully made breakfast a part of their school day. In fact, FRAC found that more than more than 12 million kids now eat breakfast at school: an increase of nearly 50 percent from 10 years ago.

Fuel Up to Play 60 has been playing a key role in helping schools improve or expand their breakfast programs placing an emphasis on sustainable alternative breakfast options, and throughout National Nutrition Month this March, we’ll be sharing success stories such as this one to keep this important subject top of mind.

If you have a Fuel Up to Play 60 school breakfast success story, we’d love to hear from you! Join the #NSBW conversation using #FuelGreatness to help spread the word, and keep an eye out for ways to help schools enroll in Fuel Up to Play 60 or further their involvement with the program.