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Bredesen Highlights School Breakfast Week

Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Education, March 8, 2010:

Nashville, TN – Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed March 8 – 12 School Breakfast Week in Tennessee in recognition of the important role the School Breakfast Program plays in the lives of Tennessee students. The School Breakfast Program is a national, federally funded program that provides more than 30 million nutritionally balanced breakfasts to Tennessee students each year.

“Students who eat breakfast have the fuel they need to do their best in school,” Governor Bredesen said. “The School Breakfast Program gives students a nutritious start to the school day and allows them to concentrate on the critical task of learning.”

This year’s campaign, “School Breakfast – Ready Set Go!,” introduces students to the importance of school breakfast and demonstrates how a school breakfast program prepares students for a busy day at school. The theme will also help students learning about the importance of eating health and being active.

“Whether a child is too sleepy to eat breakfast before he leaves home, or is not hungry when he catches an early bus, he can get an inexpensive, nutritious breakfast at school,” said Sarah White, Director of School Nutrition. “This program means no student should be distracted from their studies by hunger.”

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to all children. Each year, the School Nutrition Association (SNA), along with Department’s of Education, helps schools to celebrate NSBW with a fun theme.