McDonald’s offers free breakfasts to students on first day of MCA tests

MINNEAPOLIS — The Stillwater McDonald’s restaurant is among 190 participating McDonald’s across most of Minnesota providing a free breakfast to students on the first day of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) testing window Monday.

Students in grades 3 through 11 will receive a complimentary Egg McMuffin, apple slices and choice of 1 percent low-fat white milk, fat-free chocolate milk or orange juice from 6 to 9 a.m. at participating McDonald’s Minnesota locations.
School districts decide when to give the written tests within the Minnesota Department of Education’s window, which begins Monday and runs through May 3.

McDonald’s Twin Cities Co-Op owner/operators are committed to the well-being of children in their communities and have forged a new partnership with the Midwest Dairy Council’s GENYOUth Foundation.

The MDC said the connection from kitchen to classroom is clear.

“The science shows that students who eat breakfast have better attention and memory, and, according to the new Wellness Impact Report, it reinforces the crucial link between nutrition, physical activity and academic achievement,” said Carolyn Suerth Hudson, a registered dietitian with Midwest Dairy Council in Minnesota. “However you get it — whether at home, school or on the go — breakfast really is the most important meal of that day to help ensure kids are ready to learn.”

If parents are unable to bring their children to a participating McDonald’s Monday, many public schools serve free breakfast throughout the week. Parents are encouraged to check with their local school districts for information about those programs.

“Whether students eat at home, at their school or at McDonald’s, it’s important to have a well-balanced breakfast every day,” said Dr. Cindy Goody, senior director of nutrition for McDonald’s USA and a registered and licensed dietitian. “For children and adults, a balanced breakfast can contribute many important nutrients to help meet daily nutritional needs as well as provide energy to start the day.”

The free breakfast offer for students is available in-store only at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Minnesota Monday. It is valid while supplies last, and no substitutions or group redemptions are permitted. Children must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian to redeem the offer.