Houston ISD plans to expand its Breakfast in the Classroom program to all of its elementary and middle schools, reports the Houston Chronicle. The expansion will begin in January and will add 10 sites a week over the second half of the school year. Previously, 40 of the system’s 304 schools offered breakfast in the classroom.
The program is credited with increasing participation dramatically, with more than 80 percent partaking, as opposed to an average of 30 percent at schools without Breakfast in the Classroom. All children in the Houston ISD are eligible to receive free breakfast during the first 20 minutes of the school day. The district’s nutrition services program is managed by Aramark.