July 18, 2016
Dear Superintendent  ,
 
We hope this message finds you well and that you were able to take some time to relax over the July 4th holiday with your family. It has certainly been a hectic summer for Kansas educators!

As you prepare for the upcoming school year, we are excited to share with you a new report authored jointly by our organizations, Kansas Action for Children and  Kansas  Appleseed, 
Alternative Breakfast Models & Community Eligibility . We are working this summer to  raise awareness about options available to Kansas schools to increase participation in their school breakfast programs, so that more Kansas kids will have the opportunity to begin their day with a nutritious meal.  As you're well aware, data shows that kids who begin the day with breakfast have improved academic performance, fewer tardies and absences, and fewer trips to the school nurse.
 
Because every Kansas school operates with a unique set of circumstances, no single model for school breakfast will be the optimal solution for every school. For this reason, the report highlights four alternative models for improving participation in school breakfast: Breakfast in the Classroom, Breakfast on the Bus, Grab & Go Breakfast, and Second Chance Breakfast.
 
Additionally, the report highlights the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an underutilized program that allows high-poverty schools to provide free breakfast and lunches to all students. CEP has proven to increase school breakfast participation by an average of 13% on its own, but by as much as 113% when combined with the implementation of an alternative breakfast model.
 
We encourage you to explore all of the options outlined in the report to see how alternative breakfast models and/or CEP can be the solution to increasing breakfast participation in your school or district. If you are interested in any of these nutrition programs for your own district, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are eager to expand participation in these programs across the state.
 
Thank you for your interest and for your service to the children of Kansas.
 
Sincerely,

Annie McKay
President & CEO
Kansas Action for Children

Benet Magnuson
Executive Director
Kansas Appleseed