Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson emphasized the importance of breakfast and encouraged Arkansas school districts to adopt a Breakfast After the Bell program by declaring March as Arkansas School Breakfast Month. “Students who eat breakfast as part of their school day are more likely to concentrate throughout the day and exhibit better behavior in school,” acknowledged Hutchinson during his proclamation and press conference.
“As an integral part of the Governor’s Healthy Active Arkansas 10-year plan and the ForwARd Arkansas educational vision, alternative breakfast models such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab-and-Go and Second Chance Breakfast substantially increase breakfast participation and are considered quick wins in the process of raising academic achievement in Arkansas communities,” added Cory Anderson, executive director of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
Arkansas has moved from tenth to seventh in the nation in the percentage of students participating in the school breakfast program. Midwest Dairy Council has worked closely with the Arkansas No Kid Hungry Campaign, the Arkansas Huger Relief Alliance and other state partners to make the improvements. Milk is a vital component of every breakfast served!