4

Dallas ISD One of Five U.S. Districts to See Slice of $3 Mil Aimed at Feeding Kids Breakfast

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

This morning, the D.C.-based Food Research and Action Center released a report -- School Breakfast in America's Big Cities 2011 -- that takes a look at the free-breakfast programs in 29 of the nation's largest school districts, including the Dallas Independent School District. Says the study, during the '09-'10 school year, of the districts surveyed DISD had the largest percent of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals: 86.4 percent. Compare that with Seattle, where only 43.6 percent qualify. And in Dallas, fewer than 40 percent who qualify actually take part in the program. Says the report:

Of the 29 large urban school districts surveyed in this report, only four -- Charlotte, Dallas, Little Rock, and Seattle -- do not provide free breakfast to all students, regardless of income, at many or all of their schools. Notably, three out of four of these districts failed even to match the participation rate for low-income student breakfast in their states.

Which is why this morning Walmart Foundations announced that DISD will be one of five school districts in the country to receive a slice of a $3-million grant aimed at "expanding free breakfast to all students and moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom at many high-need schools in these districts."

A FRAC spokesperson told me this morning the goal is to roll out the dough beginning "as quickly as possible," meaning this semester. I've asked DISD for a list of participating schools in the Breakfast in the Classroom program, but DISD spokesperson Sandra Guerrero tells Unfair Park this morning that the district has yet to determine in which schools to use the grant money. She says "some schools have already signed up," and that "other principals have expressed interest" and met with Dora Rivas, the exec director for Food and Child Nutrition Services.

Guerrero says some logistical issues need to be worked out before implementation can begin. She notes "there will be different models -- like a grab-and-go, which we already have in place at some campuses now, where they grab breakfast in the cafeteria and take it into the classroom." In some instances, though, carts may be brought into the classroom; and still more schools will likely feed kids breakfast in the cafeteria or the gym -- it all depends upon need and space. Says Guerrero, "We're looking into launching this tenatively late February, early March."

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.