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

When Caravaggio Plays Quevedo In Tennis, The Court Becomes A Sonnet

"It's a little space, well-measured and precise, in which you have to keep the ball bouncing," says Álvaro Enrigue. His book, Sudden Death, pits the Italian painter against the Spanish poet.
WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

WAMU 88.5

Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

NPR

Password Security Is So Bad, President Obama Weighs In

In unveiling a sweeping plan to fund and revamp cybersecurity, the president asks citizens to consider using extra layers of security besides the password.

Leave a Comment

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