New MN Initiative Pays Schools to Feed Students Breakfast

Updated: 10/10/2013 5:13 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Minneapolis' Pillsbury Elementary School.
Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Minneapolis' Pillsbury Elementary School.
Photo: Photo: Hunger-Free Minnesota

Minnesota's lieutenant governor and a local nonprofit is challenging schools to get every student to eat a healthy breakfast.
     
On Wednesday morning, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon served breakfast at Minneapolis' Pillsbury Elementary School. She announced a new statewide initiative called the Minnesota Breakfast Challenge. It basically pays schools to serve more breakfast to students.

Hunger-Free Minnesota will provide a $0.10 per meal (up to 25,000 meals) incentive during the 2013-14 school year to 30 selected schools that increase their school breakfast meals served to free- and reduced-price eligible children throughout the prior school year.

Prettner Solon says right now only 40 percent of children who come from low-income families who are eligible for free or reduced breakfast get served. She hopes the new program will help feed more children.