Mara Powell

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates

LOUISVILLE, KY – In the midst of National Nutrition Month and on the tail end of National School Breakfast Week, we are celebrating the House Education Committee’s passage of Senate Bill 151. This smart measure, sponsored by Senator Jason Howell, clarifies the current law to give school districts the option to serve students on free and reduced meals their breakfast during the first 15 minutes of the day.

Too many Kentucky kids are missing out on the most important meal of the day due to circumstances out of their control. By allowing schools the administrative flexibility to use up to 15 minutes for students to have breakfast in the classroom, such as while attendance is being taken, students won’t miss out on a free meal or important instructional time and can be set up for more academic success. We thank Senator Howell for championing SB 151, Vice Chair Riley for his companion efforts to improve student hunger, and Chair Huff and the entire House Education Committee for ensuring its passage today.

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