WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Educators Call For Expanded Free Breakfast Program

Play associated audio

A coalition of Maryland leaders called on the state legislator and education department to expand the free school breakfast program Wednesday. The group asked for $1.8 million to provide breakfasts to an extra 130 schools.

Under the Maryland Meals for Achievement program, participating public elementary schools provide free nutritious breakfasts in the classroom every morning.

But educators say only half of eligible schools actually participate in the program. In Montgomery County, Md., 80 schools qualify, though 40 are enrolled in the program. About one-fifth of the 150 qualifying schools in Prince George's County participate.

At Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., which participates in the breakfast initiative, nearly 70 percent of students qualify for free and reduced meals, according to Principal Annette Fkolkes.

"For many of our students, this is the first meal that they've had since lunch the day before here at school," Fkolkes said.

NPR

With A Little Magic, Small Budget Horror Films Pack A Big Punch

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, about the magic of micro-budget horror films.
WAMU 88.5

Is Virginia The Birthplace Of Southern Barbecue?

We speak with two food writers about tracing the roots of barbecue to local Powhatan Indian slow-cooking.

WAMU 88.5

Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

WAMU 88.5

Results From Congressional Primary Races And New Concerns About Hacks Into State Voting Systems

Join us to discuss results from primary challenges to Republican Senator John McCain, Democratic Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and others and new concerns possible Russian hackers breaking into U.S. state voting systems.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.