KCK School System Benefits From Breakfast Program

By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum
By: AP posted by Amanda Lanum

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas City, Kan., school district is benefiting from a program that allows students to eat breakfast in their classrooms for free this year.

The Wal-Mart Foundation started the program last year in five school districts. It's adding 10 districts this year, including Kansas City, Kan., where 13 schools are participating.

The Breakfast in the Classroom program uses a $5 million grant from the foundation to provide breakfast at no charge to all students. The meal is provided in the classroom, not in the cafeteria.

Foundation officials say many students eligible for the federally funded school breakfast program don't participate, partially because they don't want to be labeled as low-income. Other issues include late arrivals, school bus schedules and pressure to go directly to class.

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