Students at Stevens Elementary in Spokane put food on their trays. Photo courtesy of the state Legislature

Students at Stevens Elementary in Spokane put food on their trays. Photo courtesy of the state Legislature

Senate approves Mercer Island senator’s ‘Breakfast After the Bell’ legislation

The program would ensure more students have access to nutritionally balanced meals.

Legislation to expand the successful “Breakfast After the Bell” program to more students across the state passed the state Senate Jan. 19 with bipartisan support.

The program would ensure more students — especially those with limited financial means — have access to a nutritionally balanced meal after the first bell of the school day.

“We know students who get quality nutrition have improved concentration and academic outcomes in the classroom, and this bill will ensure more students have that opportunity,” said Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, prime sponsor of the bill.

Under the legislation, schools would have the flexibility to choose a delivery model that works best for their individual needs, whether it is a quick nutrition break in the morning, breakfast in the classroom, or grab-and-go style during the walk between classes.

“It’s a common-sense bill that will have an impact,” Wellman said. “We’ve already seen this program implemented across the country. Now it’s time to make sure more kids here in Washington start their day with a healthy breakfast.”

Read more about Senate Bill 6003 at http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6003&Year=2017.

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