Breakfast Challenge

Two BCPS schools excel at breakfast challenge
Posted on 01/24/2019

No Hungry Kids NC to honor Table Rock, Walter Johnson

Morganton, NC


The state is recognizing Table Rock and Walter Johnson middle schools for their second chance breakfast programs. They are top performing schools in the No Kid Hungry 6th Statewide Breakfast Challenge. The two schools are invited to Chapel Hill on Feb. 13 for the 2019 NC Child Hunger Leaders Conference in recognition of their efforts to increase the number of students who eat breakfast at school. No Hungry Kids NC presents the Breakfast Challenge Awards each year to the three elementary, three middle and three high schools in the state.


Burke County Public Schools initiated the Universal Breakfast Program, which gives every student in the district access to free breakfast, in 2017. To get more students to take advantage of the free meal, Burke County Public Schools has made it a priority to make breakfast part of the school day. This includes programs such as Grab and Go Breakfast and Second Chance Breakfast. Grab and Go allows students to grab a quick, nutritious meal to eat either in the cafeteria or in the classroom. Second Chance allows students to visit a breakfast cart in the hallway between morning classes.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “Burke County Public Schools wants to break down the barriers that keep kids from eating breakfast, whether it is because they arrive at school too late or think it’s not cool to be in the free breakfast line. With our Grab and Go and Second Chance options and with all of our kids having access to a free breakfast, no one is singled out. The ultimate goal is to feed more students a healthy breakfast and get their day off to a great start. We know and studies show that students who eat breakfast make better grades and have better attitudes compared to students who don’t.”


Burke County Public Schools Food Services Management Coordinator Angie Hensley said, “We would like to thank the principals and cafeteria staff at Walter Johnson and Table Rock for their support of our school nutrition program. We are excited for them to attend the awards ceremony and be recognized for their hard work. In addition to the recognition, they will receive a monetary award that will go back into the Child Nutrition Program.”


Burke County Public Schools partners with Chartwells K12 to provide breakfast and lunch in our school cafeterias as well as a supper feeding program at Mountain View Elementary School called “Eat Well After the Bell.” Visit http://burke.nutrislice.com/ for your school’s meal menu.


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