State Representative Mike Steele of Chelan, is helping farmers team up with public schools to expand access to breakfast for Washington’s most impoverished students. House Bill 1508, also known as Breakfast after the Bell, received wide bipartisan support yesterday when it was adopted in the House by a vote of 83-15. It calls on schools in areas with high poverty rates to continue offering breakfast after the beginning of the school day during the first period of instruction.
According to a United States Department of Agriculture report in October 2016, the average daily participation in Washington in the school breakfast program was 201,252 students.
In the past, students in Washington State have received breakfast in schools through a mix of grants and through federal and state funds. House Bill 1508 would receive the same mix of funding, to the extent that funds are available.