Idaho Schools Receive Funding To Increase Breakfast Options For Students


By Paul Johnson

Meridian, Idaho – ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) – The Expanding Breakfast grant program, provided by Idaho Dairy Council, helps schools make it easy and appealing for children to start their day with healthy nutrition. Expanding Breakfast grants help schools with the costs associated to increase breakfast consumption. The grants are used to expand breakfast with new menu items and options outside of the cafeteria with alternative serving locations, which significantly increases breakfast participation.
Breakfast in school makes a huge difference for Idaho kids, who spend more than 2,000 hours in school each year. In-school wellness programs, including school breakfast initiatives, can instill healthy habits for a lifetime and may be just as important as books in impacting student learning and achievement.
Bonneville School District received almost $8,000 in Expanding Breakfast funding from IDC. The funds will be used to purchase sixteen smoothie blenders for schools in the district. Smoothies made with milk, yogurt and fruit are a popular choice that can easily be incorporated into a school’s breakfast menu.
Other school districts that received the grant this year include:
Marsing $2,665.00
Wendell $2,140.00
Teton $1,525.00
Swan Valley $ 495.00
American Falls $4,440.00
Troy $ 495.00
West Jefferson $1,525.00
Moscow $1,725.00

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