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Dear Esteemed Senator,
I’m writing to you to ask that you support HB384. HB384, championed by Representative Steve Riley, would allow 15 minutes of school instructional time to be used for students to eat breakfast in the classroom.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 1 in 5 Kentucky kids were considered food insecure, meaning they lack access to enough food for a healthy, active lifestyle. This has only worsened, with over 1 in 4 Kentucky kids now considered food insecure. Children are especially susceptible to the long-term effects of food insecurity, such as delayed development, poor academic achievement, and chronic illness.
School meals are vital to feeding Kentucky kids; thus, they are vital to the future of our Commonwealth. Despite how vital school meals are, only 6 in 10 Kentucky students who qualify for reduced and free priced meals are eating breakfast daily. This means that 272,938 Kentucky kids are not eating at least two meals a day.
Alternative breakfast models, such as breakfast in the classroom, have been proven to increase the number of students who consume breakfast. In Kentucky, school administrators are limited by instructional time regulations, preventing them from implementing alternative breakfast models that would increase school breakfast participation.
HB384 would solve this problem by revising 702 KAR 6:060 to allow school districts to implement alternate breakfast methods, such as breakfast in the classroom.
If passed, this bill would give teachers and school districts the ability to implement breakfast in the classroom. This bill is not another mandate for teachers, but instead cuts red tape and ensures teachers have the ability to implement the best meal delivery system for their students.
I encourage you to vote "YES" on HB384. With the bill, we can ensure that all Kentucky kids have access to the most important meal of the day: breakfast.
Thank you for your consideration.