- Published: 10 February 2015
SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D-Chicago) is encouraging schools across the state to apply for the Rise & Shine Illinois 2015 Breakfast Grant. The deadline for schools to apply is Feb. 15.
“It is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Without breakfast, our students do not have the fuel to get them through the learning day. With these grants, many of our most vulnerable children will have the nutrition necessary to grow, learn and succeed,” Senator Van Pelt said.
According to the organization’s website, students who regularly eat a healthy breakfast score 17.5 percent higher on math tests than those students who do not, yet 449,092 students who are eligible for breakfast do not participate.
“This program has proven successful in increasing the number of students who participate in their school’s breakfast program, thereby increasing their chances of success,” Senator Van Pelt said.
Rise & Shine Illinois, a partnership of many organizations whose mission is to help feed children, has awarded the grants to schools since 2010. Since 2013, the organization distributed approximately $200,000 to schools across the state.