April 26, 2013
I’m a strong and enthusiastic supporter of Breakfast in the Classroom, which over the past year has been a tremendous asset to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The program each day provides thousands of our students with a healthy meal. Due to conditions of poverty and other factors, many of these same students had in the past started their school day without having eaten breakfast.
The evidence is clear that students who eat healthy food perform better in the classroom. It is my belief children have a fundamental right to a healthy meal prior to beginning their instructional day.
The program has also brought financial benefits to the District. In 2012-13, Breakfast in the Classroom saved 832 Food Service positions. Together, we have implemented the program at 280 schools and served more than 9.5 million breakfasts to nearly 194,000 students.
Breakfast in the Classroom is also projected to generate net income of $6 million to the District this year. This money goes into the general fund, where it can be used to hire key personnel represented by all of our negotiating partners. The program also offsets our cafeteria budget allowing us to keep lunch prices low.
I’m thankful to all our partners, including our school staff and families, in making this program a success. I’m confident that at its May 14 meeting, the Board of Education will enthusiastically and unanimously vote to continue funding Breakfast in the Classroom.