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Proposed Del. Bill Would Offer Alternate School Breakfast Options

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MILTON, Del. - New legislation proposed in the Delaware House would provide alternative ways for students to get free breakfast at school.

Getting free breakfast is not a new concept, in fact, many schools in Delaware do it, Milton Elementary being one of them. Connie Davis is a grandmother of a fifth grader there and said the option is a good one.

"It's good to have free breakfast because sometimes the kids are rushing, changing clothes and you know they're waiting late waiting for the bus," she said. "You know they just grab a little food, so it's important."

House Bill 408 would change up the norm a bit. Instead of a traditional cafeteria meal service, qualifying students would have options. According to sponsors, some are aimed to remove the stigma of eating breakfast at school.

The alternatives would be breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast at kiosks or second chance breakfast which would be available later in the day.

Anthony Demboski of Milton agreed there isn't just one way to help a student get the nutrition they need.

"When I was in school they gave my mom a break," he said. "I would only have to pay for half the lunch but hopefully they do it for all over."

According to the bill's sponsors, increasing breakfast options helps students get the nutrition they need to enhance their academic performance.

Pat Vent is a grandmother of four and a great-grandmother of four more, and said she knows the struggles kids face.

"Parents are sometimes so rushed, you know to get the kids off, and they just don't have time to get them breakfast so if they get that breakfast in school it's definitely a plus for the students;" she said. "It helps you get the day started, it gets you you know your brain functioning,  it definitely gets you moving."

Delaware House Bill 408 was introduced Tuesday and is in the House Education Committee.

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