2017 National School Breakfast Week


WHEREAS, Virginia is dedicated to the health and wellness of our Commonwealth’s children and is committed to expanding access to healthful meals for all school children; and

WHEREAS, the School Nutrition Association of Virginia supports strong federal nutrition standards for school meals, including the increased access to a greater quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables; and

WHEREAS, the National School Breakfast Program has served our nation admirably since it was permanently established in 1975; and

WHEREAS, nearly five million more breakfasts were served during the 2015-2016 school year, compared to the school year prior; and

WHEREAS, students who participate in school breakfast do better in math, have better attendance records, perform better on standardized tests, generally have fewer discipline problems, are more likely to interact with their teachers and peers, and graduate on-time, in comparison to kids who do not eat school breakfast; and 

WHEREAS, alternative delivery models that allow for eating breakfast after the bell, such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, and Second Chance have proven to decrease barriers to access and increase school breakfast participation; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s 2016 Breakfast Budget Amendment has supported schools in transitioning to alternative delivery models and helped increase participation in the School Breakfast Program by over 19,000 students per day; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme “Take The School Breakfast Challenge” is a collaborative initiative between the No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign, Southeast Dairy Association, Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association/American Dairy Association North East, Virginia Hunger Solutions, School Nutrition Association of Virginia, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, and the Virginia Department of Education to promote the need for children to start their day with a healthful meal; and

WHEREAS, National School Breakfast Week is an opportunity to recognize the importance of making informed decisions about food choices every day, and the need for continued nutrition education and access to enhance healthy eating practices;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 6-10, 2017, as NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.