Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas helps RCSD launch new breakfast program


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC-TV) – The Rochester City School District celebrated the importance of breakfast Wednesday morning by raising a glass to milk.

At School No. 23, classes welcomed former Buffalo Bill Thurman Thomas to launch the “first class” hot breakfast program. The launch coincides with World School Milk Day, celebrated annually around the world to teach students the benefits of drinking milk, at school and at home, as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

RCSD students will now be served three hot meals a week and two that are cold.

John Gonzalez, School No. 23’s principal, says this is a big part of fighting child hunger in the city.

“Being able to give students what they need in order to have them learn is very important,” Gonzalez said.

“Breakfast is a big part of that,” Thomas said. “You eat the proper foods and it gives you energy in the morning. You always want to start off by eating something good in the morning and I’ve instilled that in my kids and I’ve tried to go around the schools here in Rochester, Buffalo, and Syracuse to teach them the same thing.”

Thomas has help schools in Western New York with this initiative for the last seven years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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