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Missouri State Rep. Richard Brown with first graders from Kansas City Public Schools.

Operation Food Search, a non-profit hunger relief organization, received a $25,000 grant from the Food Research and Action Center and the Walmart Foundation. OFS plans to use the grant funds to continue building statewide support for the Breakfast After the Bell models, which take breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom so all students may begin their school day well-fed and ready to learn and succeed.

“Breakfast plays a key role in terms of a student’s health, academic performance and overall success,” says OFS executive director Kristen Wild.  “This generous grant allows our agency to provide critical assistance that will greatly impact the lives of our Missouri students.”  Wild added that outcomes associated with eating breakfast at the beginning of each school day include benefits such as decreased tardiness and absenteeism, as well as improved concentration and memory.

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working towards eliminating poverty-related hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. They work with hundreds of nonprofit organizations on local, state and national levels, as well as several agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity caused from poverty. The Walmart Foundation, created in 1982, was formed to support the communities in which Walmart serves. Together with Walmart, more than $1 billion in cash and in-kind giving is provided annually.