The Washington Post

Maryland awards nearly $7 million to help pay for school breakfasts

The Maryland State Department of Education has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to allow more students — regardless of family income — to start their school day eating breakfast.

The money for the Maryland Meals for Achievement Program will be given to 481 schools throughout the state, including 84 schools in Prince George’s County and 74 schools in Montgomery County.

State officials estimate that nearly 241,000 students will participate in the MMFA program with help from the federal breakfast program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Three out of five public school teachers say they regularly see students who come to school hungry, according to No Kid Hungry, a campaign by the nonprofit group Share Our Strength.

A 2008 Harvard School of Public Health study that looked at the impact of school breakfast on a child’s health and learning found that children who do not “get sufficient dietary energy, particularly in the mornings, their cognitive capacity is impaired: their brains do not have sufficient fuel for attention, concentration and learning.”

State officials credit the MMFA program with helping to improve student test scores and behavior.

“Having access to a healthy, nutritious breakfast prepares students for their academic day and ensures they start the school day ready to learn,” State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery said in a statement.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.