No Kid Hungry NC To Help Governor’s Office Develop Plan For Expanding Access to School Breakfast

A team representing the state of North Carolina has been selected to attend the School Breakfast Leadership Institute in Chicago this June. School Breakfast Program Manager Helen Roberts will represent No Kid Hungry NC on the Institute team, which also includes:

  • Ilina Ewen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady of North Carolina
  • Kristen Guillory, Policy Advisor, Office of NC Governor Roy Cooper
  • Lynn Harvey, Chief of School Nutrition Services, NC Department of Public Instruction, and 2017-18 President of the School Nutrition Association
  • Robert Taylor, Superintendent of Bladen County Schools
    • During the 2012-13 school year, the Bladen County Schools Board of Education mandated that all K-8 classes use innovative Breakfast After the Bell models to feed more kids.

Teams from five states have been selected to attend the Institute, which is hosted by the national No Kid Hungry campaign’s Center for Best Practices. At the Institute, state teams “will learn how they can take immediate steps toward a more comprehensive, systematic, state-led approach to expanding access to school breakfast.”

A $50,000 grant will also be awarded to the NC Governor’s Office for implementation of the action plan developed during the Institute.

Of the 1.5 million public school students in North Carolina, more than 60 percent – or 900,000 – qualify for free-or-reduced-price (FRP) school meals. Among those students who are FRP-eligible, there are more than a quarter million kids eating school lunch, but not school breakfast. A switch to innovative Breakfast After the Bell methods for serving school breakfast can feed more kids and expand the academic benefits of a healthy meal to start the day.

No Kid Hungry NC was formed in the NC Governor’s Office in 2011. Since 2014, it has been an initiative of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. No Kid Hungry NC works statewide to feed more kids by increasing participation in USDA-funded nutrition programs such as school breakfast, summer meals, and afterschool meals.