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D.C. Schools Offer Free Breakfast to All

Susan Notes: Three cheers. Take away the stigma: Give everybody breakfast. We can hope this will encourage all students to eat breakfast rather than grabbing a donut.

Children in the District's public schools will no longer start the day with a rumbling in their tummies -- that's because they're now receiving free breakfast.

The school system launched the program this morning. It's for all children, not just low-income students.

School officials say studies show a link between good nutrition and achievement and they want students to be at the top of their game. D.C. School Superintendent Clifford B. Janey said breakfast is one of the ingredients needed to succeed.

Today's menu included cereal or an egg sandwich. It was served with graham crackers and juice.

The free breakfast program is being subsidized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

— Associated Press
Washington Post


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