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New MN Initiative Pays Schools to Feed Students Breakfast

Updated: 10/10/2013 5:13 PM
Created: 10/09/2013 5:04 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Minnesota's lieutenant governor and a local nonprofit is challenging schools to get every student to eat a healthy breakfast.
     
On Wednesday morning, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Minneapolis' Pillsbury Elementary School. She announced a new statewide initiative called the Minnesota Breakfast Challenge. It basically pays schools to serve more breakfast to students.

Hunger-Free Minnesota will provide a $0.10 per meal (up to 25,000 meals) incentive during the 2013-14 school year to 30 selected schools that increase their school breakfast meals served to free- and reduced-price eligible children throughout the prior school year.

Prettner Solon says right now only 40 percent of children who come from low-income families who are eligible for free or reduced breakfast get served. She hopes the new program will help feed more children.

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Minneapolis' Pillsbury Elementary School.
Photo: Photo: Hunger-Free Minnesota

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