Grant to Help First Class Breakfast Program Expand Into High Schools

District accepts $30,000 grant from Share Our Strength organization in May

June 13, 2011

After completing the roll-out of the First Class Breakfast program at all of its elementary and middle schools last year, HISD is now looking to serve students at its more than three dozen high schools.

First Class Breakfast, which delivers hot and cold meal options to children right in their classrooms every morning, got a boost from Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry (in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture [USDA]) last month when the district accepted a $30,000 donation from that organization to help finance the expansion effort.

“The money will be used to purchase more of the insulated carts that keep the cold foods cold and the hot foods hot while we’re delivering meals to the classrooms,” said HISD Food Services Senior Administrator Brian Giles.

The carts will be evenly distributed among three campuses: Furr High School (see related story here) and the Eastwood Academy—which have already implemented the program—and the next one to request the program.

The district launched the First Class Breakfast program in 2007 to give kids a better start each day, as research shows that students who eat a good breakfast pay more attention in class and earn better grades.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service Regional Administrator Bill Ludwig praised HISD and said the district has the largest breakfast program of any school district in the United States. “You are a truly a pioneer in this area,” he said.

The donation was approved by the Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting on May 12.