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New Spartanburg Co. school program aims to give more students free breakfast

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INMAN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Spartanburg District One leaders are testing out a new program for students designed to give more children access to free breakfast.

"Breakfast After the Bell" just started this week at Inman Intermediate. Thanks to a grant from No Kid Hungry, students are able to get free breakfast during the school day. District leaders explained there are mobile carts in the hallways where students can pick up prepackaged breakfasts and eat in the classroom either before or after the bell has rung. 

"Breakfast after the bell programs increase access to a nutritious breakfast by maximizing convenience and overcoming barriers to participation," said Sandra Williams, the Chief Communications Officer for Spartanburg School District One.

The district already offers standard free breakfast programs in all schools.

"Offering breakfast before the start of the school day requires students to arrive at school at least 15 to 20 minutes prior to first period. Due to a number of barriers, such as hectic morning schedules, competing morning priorities, or stigma, many vulnerable students miss out on school breakfast, starting the school day hungry and, therefore, at an academic disadvantage," explained Williams.

District leaders said they have already seen a big increase in the number of students who are eating breakfast at school because of the Breakfast After the Bell program.

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