Through the first month of the 2018-2019 school year, Marion County High School and Marion County Knight Academy have both seen huge increases in the number of students taking advantage of school meals -- especially breakfast.
According to a report provided by MCPS School Nutrition Director Jennifer Wheeler, over the first 18 days of the school year, MCHS served 8,315 breakfasts compared to 2,340 over the same number of days during the 2017-2018 year. MCKA served 5,525 breakfasts during the same timeframe compared to 2,496 last year.
Much of that increase can attributed to MCHS and MCKA providing a second-chance breakfast to students between first and second period. The cafeteria staff serves second-chance breakfast at stations set up throughout the school that students can grab on their way to class.
District-wide, MCPS served 33,563 breakfasts compared to 24,165 through the first 18 days.
Another factor is that all students in MCPS are receiving free breakfast and lunch this year thanks to the district’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) federal program.
The district has also seen more modest increases in school lunch participation, with 85.96% of students eating school lunch this year compared to 84.41% last year.