This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Maryland Advocates Kick Off 'Breakfast For Success' Campaign

Of the 813 schools that are eligible for MMFA, only 271 schools participate in the program due to a lack of funding in the state's budget. Because school breakfasts for low-income children are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Maryland Hunger Solutions estimates that low participation also means that the state missed out on nearly $15 million in federal reimbursements during the 2010-2011 school year.

"The Maryland Meals for Achievement program not only helps the children who are coming to school hungry," said Principal Bill Goodman of Meade Middle School in Anne Arundel County. "It fosters a sense of community in the school with the students starting the day off in a safe and nurturing environment.  We are also seeing fewer tardies and nurse visits in the morning."

A study by Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital showed that schools that participate in MMFA saw a 5 percent increase in Maryland School Performance Assessment Program Composite Index scores, a 36 percent decrease in suspension length and a breakfast participation rate of 72% (versus a statewide average at the time of 11%).

"Studies show that increasing access to school breakfast is crucial to fighting childhood hunger and improving test scores in Maryland," said Cathy Demeroto, Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. "Governor O'Malley's strong leadership on this issue has been key to making sure more Maryland kids are getting the food they need. Because of its many long-term benefits to our most vulnerable children, MMFA is a smart investment for the state of Maryland." 

More than 25 partners have signed on in support of MMFA. The statewide Breakfast For Success campaign will include paid advertising, an aggressive online advocacy presence, grassroots outreach and events across Maryland.

Maryland residents can help support an increase in MMFA funding by going to www.BreakfastForSuccess.org to send a letter to Governor O'Malley and State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery, watch a video on school breakfast, and share an infographic on the facts about school breakfast and MMFA.

Supporters of Maryland Meals for Achievement include:

Share Our Strength  Maryland State Education Association  Maryland Hunger Solutions  Advocates for Children and Youth  Sodexo Foundation  United Way of Central Maryland  Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches  Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute 

Contact: Ariane Holm | O: 202-649-4350 | C: 571-213-6465 | aholm@strength.org

SOURCE Share Our Strength

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
2 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 16,787.08 +109.18 0.65%
S&P 500 1,962.05 +11.23 0.58%
NASDAQ 4,472.1330 +19.3410 0.43%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs