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Susanne Smith, (503) 947-5637

March 8, 2010

Castillo Recognizes National School Breakfast Week

Salem – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that March 8–12 is National School Breakfast Week. The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of breakfast programs and the positive impact basic nutrition can have on student health and student success. In Oregon, 96% of the schools participate in the School Breakfast Program.

“Research has shown what we all know to be true: if students eat a nutritious breakfast every day, it will increase their success in school,” Castillo said. “By starting the day with breakfast, Oregon students are healthier and ready to learn.”

National School Breakfast Week began in 1989 to promote the School Breakfast Program. This year the theme is "Ready Set Go." Starting as a pilot project in 1966, the School Breakfast Program became a permanent Federal program in 1975. Oregon schools serve 132,000 breakfasts to students every day.

The School Breakfast Program provides reimbursement to public or non-profit private schools that serve breakfast under the program. The program is federally funded and regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and receives state funds for the household payment for reduced price meals. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) administers the program in Oregon. Participating schools must comply with federal meal requirements and nutrition standards and make breakfast available to all students.

Under Oregon State Statute, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program are required to participate in the School Breakfast Program if 25% of the student population is eligible for free and reduced price meals or the school accepts Title I funds.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Interim Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5920

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