Tennessee District Offers Free Breakfast to All Students

Monday, July 30, 2012

For Alex Jilek, getting three kids ready for school in the morning generally involves lots of raised voices.

“It’s like a yelling match. ‘Did you brush your teeth? Where are your shoes? Is your homework in your backpack?’ On top of that, I’m getting breakfast ready,” she said.

That routine will change when Murfreesboro City Schools begins providing breakfast at no charge to its estimated 7,600 students Aug. 10 under a new universal breakfast program.

“We’ve all heard for years that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now we’re showing that it is,” said district spokeswoman Lisa Trail.

Making sure children are fed a nutritious meal at the start of the day has a far-reaching impact, said Sandy Scheele, the system’s nutrition supervisor.

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