Sep 15, 2010 1:38 PM by Greg Boyce
Gov. Ritter announced Wednesday more than 900,000 free meals were served to children across Colorado over the summer, the highest number in Colorado since the program started more than 30 years ago.
"I am proud to say that Colorado has answered the challenge to fight childhood hunger by expanding a free meal program during the summer, when our children are at the highest risk of experiencing hunger," Gov. Bill Ritter said. "Thanks to the hard work of our partners, Hunger Free Colorado, Share Our Strength, the Colorado Department of Education and so many others, we served 130,000 more free meals at community sites across the state this summer. That means tens of thousands more children received healthy meals, taking us another step forward in the battle against hunger."
Preliminary figures indicate that at least 900,000 free meals were served at more than 300 community sites across Colorado over the summer, a 17 percent increase compared to 2009. The Colorado Department of Education will release final figures later this fall, after all of the meal sites submit paperwork for reimbursement for the cost of the program.
Studies show that students who eat a nutritious breakfast perform better on tests and show improved ability to concentrate and learn in the classroom.