Taylorville school participates in "breakfast in the classroom" program
SPRINGFIELD - Central Illinois Foodbank officials say Taylorville's Memorial Elementary School has seen lower tardy numbers and fewer complaints from students suffering from headaches and stomach aches after starting its new breakfast in the classroom program.
Officials say Memorial Elementary had a previous school breakfast program in place, where students could eat breakfast in the school's cafeteria. However, only 37 percent of students were participating. However, the new program, ran by Central Illinois Foodbank and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, sees about 70 percent of the school's students participate.
According to Memorial Elementary Principal Nancy Ganci, this new program offers students social time in addition to a meal. More than a dozen schools currently participate in breakfast programs through the Central Illinois Foodbank.