March-April Posts

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Increasing Access to the Most Important Meal of the Day

Published: March 7, 2014

Breakfast has long been known as “the most important meal of the day.” This is not without reason. A healthy breakfast not only provides a kick of energy to start the day, it has been found to help with weight control, lower cholesterol, provide more strength and endurance to engage in physical activity and also improve concentration and performance whether you’re on the job or in the classroom.

Today, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius joined Hunger-Free Minnesota and the Children’s Defense Fund at Adams Elementary in Coon Rapids to launch the 2014-2015 School Breakfast Challenge. This initiative will provide more than 60 schools with access to $2,500 in unrestricted funds to invest in increasing school breakfast participation. General Mills and the Cargill Foundation have contributed a combined $1 million to make this challenge a reality.

Here are some photos from the event

Commissioner Cassellius and a student having breakfast.

Commissioner Cassellius waiting in line with a student for breakfast.

Commissioner Cassellius with David Dayhoff (Left), Hunger-Free Minnesota; Peggy Flanagan (Second from right), Children’s Defense Fund; Dennis Carlson (Right), Anoka-Hennepin Superintendent .

Commissioner Cassellius and Adams Elementary Principal, Jeremy Tammi.

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