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No Kid Hungry North Carolina Supports School Breakfast and Afterschool Meals Programs Through Local Grants

Monday, March 2, 2020

Contact: Tamara Baker, (919) 307-7781, tamarabaker@unc.edu

Chapel Hill, NC – No Kid Hungry North Carolina has awarded almost $106,000 in grants this school year to support nutrition programs at 27 schools and community partners across the state. The majority of the funding boosts Breakfast After the Bell initiatives, a program that increases access to school breakfast by bringing the meal out of the cafeteria and making it a part of the school day. Additional funding supports At-Risk Afterschool Meals programs that provide a crucial third meal of the day for kids in high-need areas.

The next round of grants from No Kid Hungry NC is open to sponsors of summer meals programs that offer meals to kids for no cost while school is out of session. Applications are being accepted starting today, with a deadline of Tuesday, March 31, and are available at NoKidHungryNC.org/Grants.

More than 1 in 5 children in North Carolina live in families that struggle with hunger. 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 North Carolina – which is an initiative of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – focuses on Breakfast After the Bell and serving meals afterschool and in the summer as critical ways to end childhood hunger across the state.

Twenty schools in the following districts received funding in the latest round of No Kid Hungry North Carolina’s Breakfast After the Bell grants:

  • Alamance-Burlington Schools
  • Brunswick County Schools
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Chatham County Schools
  • Henderson County Public Schools
  • Johnston County Public Schools
  • Pitt County Schools
  • Robeson County Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The following seven community organizations received funding in the latest round of No Kid Hungry North Carolina’s At-Risk Afterschool Meals grants:

  • Community YMCA of Alamance County (Burlington)
  • Diversity Nurtures Achievements Community Youth Center (Warsaw)
  • First Baptist Church-West Community Services Association (Charlotte)
  • Goldsboro Family YMCA (Goldsboro)
  • TCK Providence, Inc. (Winston-Salem)
  • Whiteville City Schools (Whiteville)
  • YMCA of Western North Carolina (Asheville)

Accessing traditional cafeteria breakfast service can be challenging for many kids. Making breakfast part of the instructional day provides breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in increased student participation.

Research indicates that eating breakfast at school helps children improve classroom performance, attendance and promotes healthy habits. Grant funding will support equipment, training, and other needs to implement new Breakfast After the Bell models, which include: Breakfast in the Classroom; Grab and Go, where students pick up breakfast from mobile service carts and can eat in their classroom before and after the bell has rung; and Second Chance, where students eat breakfast during a break in the morning, often between first and second period.

“In many schools across the state, we have seen how making school breakfast part of the instructional day can improve school culture and student success,” said Lou Anne Crumpler, No Kid Hungry North Carolina state director. “No Kid Hungry North Carolina is proud to work with school districts and other partners to provide healthy meals for all kids who need them.”

The At-Risk Afterschool Meals program provides a third meal of the day for kids who face the possibility of not eating between school lunch and arriving at school the next morning for breakfast. Afterschool Meals grants will support a variety of equipment, staffing, and enrichment costs to grow these programs, which are operated by both school systems and community partners across the state.

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About No Kid Hungry North Carolina

No Kid Hungry North Carolina is a public-private coalition working to end childhood hunger. The partnership between Share Our Strength and UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is ending childhood hunger in North Carolina by ensuring kids get the food they need by increasing access to federal child nutrition programs for school breakfast, afterschool meals, and summer meals. No Kid Hungry North Carolina was founded in 2011 in partnership with state leaders. In 2014, it became an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Learn more at NoKidHungryNC.org.

About Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.