City, School District Have “Breakfast After the Bell”

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The students of Ms. Ilisa Grodman’s third grade class had some special guests join them for breakfast on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Jim Cahill, joined by Superintendent Richard Kaplan and members of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance visited Paul Robeson Community School for a morning meal in recognition of the school district’s implementation of the “Breakfast After the Bell” program.

Before 9 a.m. each day, “Breakfast After the Bell” provides a free, healthy breakfast to all students, regardless of economic income.

Meals are distributed to each classroom at the beginning of every school day, where students eat together at their desks for the first few minutes of class.

New Brunswick currently offers the program in six elementary schools, with plans to expand it to all remaining elementary schools and the middle school before the end of May.

“Breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day, especially for young students,” Cahill said. “Through this program, we ensure that all students are given the tools they need to ensure proper learning, which includes a full stomach and a focused mind. No longer will any of our young students struggle to learn while dealing with hunger.”

“Breakfast After the Bell” is funded through the Federal School Lunch program and overseen by the school district’s Dining Services department. It is the product of collaboration between the City of New Brunswick and New Brunswick Public Schools with the support of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance.