Thanks to the efforts of thousands of No Kid Hungry supporters, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced that his FY2014 budget will include an additional $1.8 million in funding for the expansion of school breakfast through Maryland Meals for Achievement, an innovative Breakfast in the Classroom program offered in high-need schools across Maryland.
This will ensure that kids who aren’t getting the food they need at home are starting the day ready to learn with a healthy breakfast. The additional funding announced yesterday would allow the state to serve more than 50,000 additional students in-classroom breakfast.
Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown understand that students who start the school day with a healthy breakfast perform better in school, get higher test scores and have a better chance of graduating high school. That means a stronger workforce and more competitive Maryland.
Governor O’Malley has been a national leader in ending childhood hunger. He was the first governor to sign onto the No Kid Hungry campaign, declaring that Maryland would be one of the first states to end childhood hunger.
He’s also been supportive of programs like school breakfast that make sure kids have the food they need to learn and thrive and in his time as governor, more than 33,000 kids are now starting the school day with breakfast.
Just yesterday, the Food Research and Action Center released a report showing that 17 percent more Maryland students ate breakfast in the 2011-2012 school year, compared to the national increase of 7.5 percent.
Thanks to the support of Team No Kid Hungry, Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, we’re one step closer to making sure no child in Maryland goes hungry.
Thank you for all you are doing to make your voice heard. You can go to www.BreakfastForSuccess.org to learn more about Maryland Meals for Achievement and the importance of school breakfast.