Nebraska Lawmaker Wants Changes to School Breakfast

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Lincoln, Neb.-- More Nebraska students could be eating grab-and-go school breakfasts or breakfasts in the classroom under a new bill in the Legislature.

Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln introduced legislation on Monday that would create a grant program to help schools expand participation in school breakfast programs.

Avery says 89 percent of schools have a standard breakfast program in place, but only 31 percent of students are using them. Avery wants to more than double that number. He says that children who eat breakfast perform better during the school day.

Avery says the problem with the current program is a lack of outreach to parents, and some students aren't attracted to traditional breakfasts.

"It is of course essential to start the day out with a good breakfast because it determines how they will do the rest of the day and the more people we have participating in the program the better they will be able to preform throughout the school day," said Avery.

The grants would be funded by corporations in the food industry.