Colorado

Jul 29, 2010 1:34 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Gov. Ritter challenges schools to reduce child hunger

Gov. Bill Ritter wants schools to compete for programs to reduce child hunger in Colorado.

The governor issued a School Breakfast Challenge, a new initiative to increase the number of students who participate in a free and reduced-price breakfast program in schools. Ritter told school executives on Thursday that he wants to increase participation by 15,000 students statewide this fall in the program.

The program will provide staff and educators to schools to help them overcome any barriers to the program. The three schools with the highest percentage increase in participation will receive cash prizes, along with separate cash prizes for the nutrition directors.

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