CSD Earns Mini-Grant to Pilot “Grab and Go” Breakfast Program
The Cheltenham School District’s Myers and Cheltenham elementary schools have been awarded $5,000 each mini-grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to pilot a “grab-and-go” breakfast program this coming school year. The grant award criteria were heavily factored on the percentage of free and reduced lunch participation at the buildings, and Cheltenham and Myers Elementary have the highest percentage of free and reduced participation in the district. The program begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
Helping students start the day with a good breakfast illustrates the district’s commitment to the academic success and mental and physical well-being of all its students. The long-term goal of this pilot program is for the initiative to be implemented across the district. The pilot programs will ensure that all logistic and programmatic issues are addressed prior to implementation at all levels.
Cheltenham School District participates in the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally assisted meal program providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to eligible students in grades K-8 every school day. While lunch is extremely important to a student’s health and well-being and ensures they have the nutrition needed throughout the day to learn, research shows student behavior, mental health, academic success, physical health, attendance and punctuality are improved when students start their day with a nutritious breakfast. Research also shows that students are more likely to participate in school breakfast when the meal is more accessible and convenient to them. Pennsylvania ranks 41st nationally in the number of breakfast meals served compared to lunches, challenging schools to offer a program where breakfast is more accessible to the students.
Information about the pilot breakfast program will be provided specifically to the parents/guardians of children attending Cheltenham and Myers Elementary.