Schools discuss free breakfast program with food providers during Paterson summit

Experts got together in Paterson Monday to try to figure out how to get more students to take part in a federally funded free breakfast

Experts got together in Paterson Monday to try

Experts got together in Paterson Monday to try to figure out how to get more students to take part in a federally funded free breakfast program that so far has had a low enrollment. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

PATERSON - Experts got together in Paterson Monday to try to figure out how to get more students to take part in a federally funded free breakfast program that so far has had a low enrollment.

The summit was hosted by the United Way. School officials, food service providers and proponents of healthy eating were present.

"What we've found is that kids that have breakfast are behaving better in the classroom," says Yvonne Zuidema, president of the United Way of Passaic County. "They're more attentive, they're ready to learn."

One idea pitched was to serve breakfast inside the classrooms rather than cafeterias. Another was to find a way to make the healthy meals more appealing to kids.

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