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O’Connell To Give Undernourished Children More Access To Nutritious Meals

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell announced that 52 grantees will share more than $1 million in start-up and expansion grants for the School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Programs.

 "The Governor and I agree on the importance of ensuring that undernourished students have access to School Breakfast and Summer Food Service Program services," said O'Connell. "Access to nutritious meals through these programs is a critical component of our efforts to boost academic achievement because children may have difficulty concentrating on learning and studying when they are hungry."

 "No child should ever come to school on an empty stomach, but it is a sad reality that more than half the children in California qualify for free and reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs..." added O'Connell.

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