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Agriculture Secretary Encourages Students to Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast
National School Breakfast Week March 8-12

For Immediate Release: March 9, 2004


Hope Gruzlovic




As this week is National School Breakfast Week, New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus is encouraging students to start the day off right by eating a healthy breakfast.

“Children feel better about themselves and perform better in the classroom when they fuel up with a healthy breakfast,” Kuperus said. “Mornings can be hectic for families, but the school breakfast program assures parents that their children will have the option of eating a healthy meal when they get to school.”

Currently, 1,243 schools across the state offer the federal school breakfast program, which is administered by the Department of Agriculture.

However, Governor James E. McGreevey’s proposed budget provides funding to expand the program to an additional 318 schools beginning in September 2004.

The state currently contributes $1.5 million to the $24 million program. The governor’s proposed budget allocates an additional $1.3 million, bringing the state’s funding share to $2.8 million. The remainder of the funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For every breakfast served, the state contributes just 10 cents.

The school breakfast program began as a pilot project in 1966, and was made permanent in 1975. USDA standards require a school breakfast to meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans and include four servings of food: milk, a fruit or a vegetable, and two servings of bread or cereal, or two servings of protein-rich food.

National School Breakfast Week is designed to help raise awareness of and garner support for the role that school foodservice and nutrition programs play in the lives of America’s children. For more information please see the attached op-ed by Secretary Kuperus or visit http://www.asfsa.org/nsbw/ .