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Advocates Declare Victory on NYC School Breakfast Funding
“The Truly Hard Part – Implementation – is Next”
In response to the news that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council have agreed to restore funding to expand in-classroom school breakfasts in New York, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a New York City-based advocacy and direct service organization, issued the following statement:
“We are thrilled that the Mayor and Council agreed to restore all the cuts Mayor de Blasio previously proposed in school breakfasts. This city funding is vital because it will reduce child hunger, boost educational performances, and generate tens of millions of dollars in federal meals reimbursements. This is a huge victory for anti-hunger advocates.
But the truly hard part – the implementation of in-classroom breakfasts in all high-needs elementary, middle schools, and high schools citywide – is next. Given that New York City still has the lowest school breakfast participation rate out of any big city in the United States, we must work hard to ensure that school breakfast expansion is rolled out fully and effectively. We look forward to working with the NYC Department of Education, the City Council, and all the relevant unions to ensure that at each school, teachers, principals, school food workers, and parents work together harmoniously to ensure that every student gets a tasty and nutritious breakfast at school. As advocates, we won’t rest until every student is fully nourished.”