Commissioner Quarles issues statement on passage of 'barrier to breakfast' bill for Kentucky school children
SB 151 allows 15 minutes of instructional time for breakfast
FRANKFORT (March 24, 2021) – Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is applauding passage of Senate Bill 151 by the Kentucky General Assembly to remove the “barrier to breakfast” by clarifying the current law regarding breakfast at school. The simple change leaves no ambiguity as to what is allowed: Under the proposed legislation, school districts are permitted to serve breakfast during the first 15 minutes of instructional time.
School districts across the commonwealth were uncertain if breakfast during instructional time is permitted by state law or not. This legislation was filed to make it clear and further the progress made by the Kentucky Hunger Initiative over the past several years to reduce food insecurity across the commonwealth.
Senator Jason Howell filed the legislation in the Senate, and Representative Steve Riley filed the bill in the House.
“Since becoming agriculture commissioner, I have worked hard to reduce hunger in every county across the commonwealth,” Commissioner Quarles said. “One thing that’s been made clear is that it’s hard for our kids to learn when they are hungry. The passage of this bill means there’s no more uncertainty about if these students should be allowed to eat breakfast at school. This will reduce hunger and allow school children to start their day with a full stomach and ready to learn. I applaud my friends Senator Howell and Representative Riley for leading the charge to make sure our kids get fed.”