The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has awarded $6.9 million in state funds to 471 schools selected to participate in Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA), an alternative breakfast delivery program that provides students with free, in-classroom breakfast. All nine of Caroline County's schools are participating in the program. Ridgely Elementary and North Caroline High were added to the program this year.
Schools are selected annually by MSDE based on the amount of state funds available. Maryland law requires the selection of schools to represent geographic and socioeconomic balance. Previous participation in MMFA and the priorities of county food and nutrition service directors is also considered in the selection process.
Since 1996, participation in the School Breakfast program in Maryland has more than tripled. Alternative breakfast delivery methods, such as MMFA, contribute to this significant growth by improving students' access to a healthful morning meal.
School administrators and teachers credit MMFA with improving student test scores, behavior and well-being.