Bullock’s office announces Breakfast After the Bell grant winners

A total of just over $70,000 in private grant funding has been awarded to 18 schools across Montana to implement Breakfast After the Bell in the classroom.

Gov. Steve Bullock’s office made the announcement yesterday.

He said “Feeding kids breakfast not only has the most potential to help students learn, attendance goes up and there are fewer disciplinary problems and fewer visits to the school nurse.”

Breakfast After the Bell allows kids to eat school breakfast during or between morning lessons rather than in the cafeteria before classes begin. After adopting the program, schools see student participation in the breakfast program increase by double or more.

Among the 18 schools receiving the grants in this cycle were Helena High School, Four Georgians and Jefferson Elementary.

Since 2014, the Governor and First Lady Lisa Bullock have teamed up with Montana No Kid Hungry and private grant funders to provide nearly $417,000 to 110 schools in Montana to implement Breakfast After the Bell.