Breakfast Essential To Better Learning: Wilson County Schools Begin Free Morning Menu Offerings

The Wilson Times

It was breakfast on wheels Wednesday at Hunt High School as child nutritionists Phyllis Horne and Stanley Best pushed a food-filled cart down the hall so students could make a quick grab of breakfast items between classes.

Wilson County Schools began serving free breakfasts at three traditional high schools and one middle school on Monday.

The goal is for students to begin their school day without skipping breakfast, long considered the most important meal of the day.

Student Carson Meacomes grabbed cinnamon crunches and apple juice.

“It’s pretty good because by this time of the day I’m still hungry,” Carson said.

Carson said he was sure he wouldn’t do as well in schoolwork without breakfast.

“Not that well because I would be thinking about how hungry I am,” Carson said.

Student Tahniyah Kenney, a sophomore, agreed. Tayniyah got yogurt and orange juice between biology and psychology classes.

“I’m better with breakfast. I can think better, I guess, because I ate something,” Tahniyah said.

According to Mary Catherine Talton, director of child nutrition for Wilson County Schools, the grant for the program is from No Kid Hungry NC, an initiative based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

“The grant is for innovative breakfasts changes,” Talton said. “The county has received around $13,000 for the four schools that are moving to innovative breakfasts. It’s based on what is referred to as a ‘breakfast gap,’ which is the amount of students who qualify for free or reduced meals that eat lunch but not breakfast at school.”

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