Batesville School District awarded for meal delivery during pandemic


The Batesville School District was recently awarded a $500 cash prize and a $500 book purchase gift card as part of the 2021 Books, Breakfast and Beyond Challenge.

As part of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance’s No Kid Hungry campaign, the Books, Breakfast and Beyond Challenge asked school districts to share their success stories about the innovative ways they continued to deliver meals to their students during the pandemic.

Whether those meal deliveries took place in the classroom, in reconfigured school dining areas, through grab-and-go meals, multiple meal boxes, bus stop, or even home deliveries, over 90 percent of Arkansas school districts managed to continue to provide this vital nutrition support to their kids beginning last March — compared to about 30 percent of districts nationwide, according to the Arkansas Department of Education.

For the last ten years, the alliance has partnered with the Arkansas Governor’s office and school nutrition advocates to proclaim March as School Breakfast Month and challenge school districts to increase school breakfast participation during the month of March.

As Governor Asa Hutchinson proclaimed, “The School Breakfast Program plays a key role in ensuring that Arkansas students are healthy, active, and ready to learn every day so they can reach their full academic potential.”

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