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WPS nationally recognized for school breakfast program

WPS nationally recognized for school breakfast program

South High Nutrition Services team recognized The Wichita Public Schools has been recognized by the national campaign No Kid Hungry as a winner of the 2019 Breakfast Hero contest.

This year, the Wichita Public Schools started an innovative breakfast delivery model called Second Breakfast at 10 schools across the district, resulting in 1,100 additional students eating breakfast each day. The award recognized WPS Food Service Director David Paul; Secondary School Supervisor Jeff Falkner; and cafeteria mangers Travis Folds, East High School, Leesa Morgan, South High School, Kay Scott, West High School, and Amy Steward, North High School. To learn more about the program, click here.

Winners were nominated by members of their local community for going above and beyond to ensure their students are Powered By Breakfast.  

“David and his team are using the momentum and success from the first semester to reach out to other schools within the district,” said Jill Ladd, a grant and project specialist with the Kansas Department of Education. “They want to ensure more students start their day with a healthy breakfast so they’re fueled and ready to learn!”

School breakfast is an energy source for kids across the nation. Research shows that hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases. No Kid Hungry and its partners focus on school breakfast as a critical way to end childhood hunger.

Accessing traditional cafeteria breakfast service can be challenging for many kids. Breakfast after the bell provides breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in more kids starting the day ready to learn. 

“Hungry kids can’t learn, and kids who can’t learn can’t reach their full potential,” said Lisa Davis, senior vice president of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. “Thanks to everyday heroes like the amazing folks we’re recognizing today, many more kids across the country are getting the breakfast fuel they need every day.”