BLOOMINGDALE, GA (WTOC) - Community heroes and city officials gathered at Bloomingdale Elementary School on Tuesday for the Heroes in Our Community breakfast to kick off National School Breakfast Week.
NFL MVP Artose Pinner, Denny Snyder, spoke with students about the importance and benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and getting 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
The Breakfast in the Classroom program, in which school breakfasts are delivered to the classroom or picked up by students at a kiosk and taken to the classroom, has resulted in an 82 percent increase in breakfast participation at Bloomingdale Elementary School, which is the highest in the district.
"The increased in participation from Breakfast in the Classroom has been great. I know I am reaching students that may have missed out on breakfast before school," said Lydia J. Martin, SNP director in a statement. "Making breakfast more accessible is one of the best ways the school nutrition program can support the health and academic potential of children. Adequate nutrition and freedom from hunger are absolutely essential for good health and academic success."