Delaware launches School Breakfast Challenge

By Ruth Bryna 10:08pm, April 7, 2014 - Updated 11:05am, April 8, 2014
250 anti-hunger advocates gathered at the Christiana Hilton Monday for the second annual "Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service" conference.

The highlight of the day-long event was the official launch of the School Breakfast Challenge. Delaware Department of Education Secretary Mark Murphy announced a total of $20,000 is available to schools that increase their participation in the school breakfast program.

In the 2012-2013 school year, just over half the children in Delaware who received a free or reduced-price lunch also participated in school breakfast.

Cash prizes will be available in the following categories:

Districts:

· Highest overall participation percentage – cash prizes for first place ($4,000), second place ($2,000), third place ($1,000) and fourth place ($500).
· Highest increase in participation – cash prizes for first place ($4,000), second place ($2,000), third place ($1,000), and fourth place ($500).
· Implementation of an alternative breakfast program or adding breakfast where it was not offered before. Honorable mention
Charter/Nonpublic
· Highest overall participation percentage. There will be cash prizes for first place ($2,500).
· Highest increase in participation percentage. There will be cash prizes for first place ($2,500).
· Implementation of an alternative breakfast program or adding breakfast where it was not offered before. Honorable mention

Winners will be announced at next year’s Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service conference, and funding must be used to purchase equipment to improve the infrastructure of their nutrition programs.


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