CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice issued a proclamation Monday morning, officially designating March 4, 2019 through March 8, 2019 as National School Breakfast Week in West Virginia. The Governor made the proclamation in front of more than a dozen students and service personnel in the Governor’s Reception Room at the State Capitol.
The proclamation comes two weeks after The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) announced that for the fifth year in a row, West Virginia is the top performing state in the nation for school breakfast participation.
“I love this to death,” Gov. Justice said. “When you think of all the kids in need and all the kids we’re taking care of, that’s one side where we wish to goodness we didn’t have to take care of any kid because all kids would be doing good, but it’s not that way.”
“The thing that is good about it is just this, that our service personnel, whether it be our cooks or on and on and on, the job they’re doing to be taking care of a need that’s first in the nation is really good,” Gov. Justice said.
West Virginia’s School Breakfast Program serves an average of more than 3 million breakfasts across the state each month to students at more than 700 locations. According to FRAC’s School Breakfast Scorecard, the state is ranked number one in participation of low-income students in the national School Breakfast Program.