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."
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