Vernon Johns wins Virginia Breakfast Challenge in its category
Vernon Johns Middle School significantly increased student breakfast participation to win the Virginia Breakfast Challenge in its category. The school will receive $1,000 and a celebratory banner.
The Virginia Breakfast Challenge is a campaign to increase the number of students who eat breakfast. Research shows that hunger has serious consequences for children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates and higher risk of hospitalization and chronic diseases.
Vernon Johns Middle increased average daily breakfast participation by 22 percent. This year, 50 percent of Vernon Johns students ate breakfast compared to 28 percent last year.
In total, 1,514 schools from 127 divisions participated in this year’s Virginia Breakfast Challenge. School divisions were placed into four categories based on enrollment. One elementary, middle and high school in each category won, based on breakfast participation growth. The challenge compares breakfast participation from October through December 2017 to that same period in 2016.
No Kid Hungry Virginia and its partners focus on Breakfast After the Bell as a vital way to end childhood hunger in Virginia. The program increases access to school breakfast by bringing breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it a part of the school day. At Vernon Johns Middle and other Petersburg schools, students select breakfast from conveniently placed carts and take their breakfasts to class.
The Virginia Breakfast Challenge is a collaborative initiative among No Kid Hungry Virginia, The Dairy Alliance, Virginia Hunger Solutions, School Nutrition Association of Virginia, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and Virginia Department of Education.