It’s National School Breakfast Week and South Carolina serves the ninth most school breakfasts in the country.
Horry County Schools serves 14,000 breakfasts each day; that’s two and a half million during the school year. On average, each meal costs the district between 75 and 90 cents.
Eating breakfast “enhances [students] learning abilities, there are less absences from school; when children eat breakfast there are less trips to the nurse [and] less dicipline problems,” Horry County Schools director of Food Services Kimberly Johnson said.
Nearly 46 percent of students enrolled in Horry County are also enrolled in the school district’s free or reduced meal program.
HCS is in its second year participating in the Community Eligibility Provision, which allows all students at participating schools to recieve a free breakfast and lunch.
There are currently 17 HCS enrolled in the CEP.
For more about meal programs in Horry County Schools and to apply, click here.