By Dan Heyman, Public News Service- VA

RICHMOND, Va. – More Virginia students are getting breakfast in school, according to a new report, and hunger-fighting advocates say the state can do more to help boost learning.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, more of the kids who need it are gaining access to school breakfasts in Virginia and around the nation. LaTonya Reed, director of Virginia Hunger Solutions, said local schools could add strategies such as letting kids eat in class or after first period, or letting them grab a breakfast on the go.

“Really get creative,” she said. “When a school breakfast is served in the classroom or served in kiosks where kids can grab their breakfasts on their way to class, school breakfast participation increases.”

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Aired February 11, 2015