National School Breakfast Week

3/7/2016

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

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

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

WHEREAS, more than 300,000 Virginia children, one in six, aren’t sure where their next meal is coming from; and

WHEREAS, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe has been instrumental in increasing access to school breakfast across the Commonwealth through her work with Virginia principals, teachers, parents, students, and advocates to increase awareness about the importance of school breakfast; and

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

WHEREAS, alternative delivery models that allow for 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 2015 Breakfast Budget Amendment has helped schools transition to alternative delivery models increased grow participation in the School Breakfast Program by nearly 17,000 students per day; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme “Great Starts with Breakfast” is a collaborative initiative between the No Kid Hungry Virginia campaign, Southeast Dairy Association, Mid Atlantic Dairy Association, Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia School Nutrition Association, 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 food choices each day, and of expanding access to healthy meals;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 7-11, 2016, as NATIONAL SCHOOL BREAKFAST WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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