Free program offers breakfast every day for students

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - One of the most important meals of the day is breakfast. To bring attention to this fact, the Meridian Public School District is celebrating National School Breakfast Week all this week.

“We just like to remind parents that breakfast is a very important meal of the day and encourage them to encourage their child to come out to school in the morning in time to get a healthy breakfast and a healthy start to their day,” says Louise McPhee, the child nutrition director for MPSD.

Studies show that breakfast can improve students’ standardized test scores, concentration, and memory.

“It will help the students to be able to think better because we always say and we always discuss that a hungry child cannot learn,” McPhee explains. “So it provides a good start and it establishes the day well for them so they can think well and do well throughout the day.”

Every morning before school starts, breakfast food is served to any student for free through the USDA School Breakfast Program

“It’s very important because we have right now about half of our students come in in the morning to eat breakfast,” McPhee says.

If you would like more information, here’s what to do.

“What they can do is go on the Meridian Public School District website and look under Child Nutrition Department and at that area they will be able to see menus for the month, the entire month, for breakfast and lunch,” McPhee explains.

Breakfast at the schools is usually served between 7:15 and 8:00. The USDA School Breakfast program currently serves about 14 million students each day in the United States. The program is federally funded and has been around since 1975.