GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — School systems in North Carolina and South Carolina are among 15 nationwide where students will be able to eat breakfast at school for free this year.
The Wal-Mart Foundation started Breakfast in the Classroom last year in five school districts. It’s adding 10 districts this year, including Guilford County schools in Greensboro and Charleston County schools in South Carolina.
The program uses a $5 million grant from the foundation to provide breakfast at no charge to all students. The meal is provided in the classroom, not in the cafeteria.
Foundation officials say many students eligible for the federally funded school breakfast program don’t participate, partially because they don’t want to be labeled as low-income. Other issues include late arrivals, school bus schedules and pressure to go directly to class.
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