Delaware food bank starts school breakfast competition

The challenge gives schools money for increasing participation.

The Food Bank of Delaware has kicked off a School Breakfast Challenge, which will give schools that increase participation in the meal program a shot at grants ranging from $3,000 to $500.

Districts with the highest participation overall and highest participation increase can win $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place and $500 for fourth place, according to the food bank’s website. There are two additional categories for charter and private schools, which can win $3,000 for first place.

The percentage change is based on what fraction of students eligible for free or reduced lunch are served breakfast.

Between the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years the percentage of eligible students who received breakfast increased less than 1 percent in Delaware to 52.1 percent. If the state can reach a 70 percent participation rate, it would bring in an additional $2.6 million in federal reimbursements, according to a food bank report.

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