McDonald's Offers Free Oatmeal Breakfast for Back-to-School on Sept. 4

An adult must accompany any Kindergartner to 8th grader at any Southern California McDonald's.

Heather New has three children, ages 3, 8 and 11, who go to different schools in different parts of Los Angeles. While she’s driving them through town, it’s not always easy to get them a good breakfast—especially on the run.

“Sometimes they don’t feel hungry that early, sometimes they don’t want to eat, but I know breakfast is so important for children to start their day off the right way and it helps them learn,” New said.

This Tuesday, Sept. 4, as the children begin their first day of school, she and every other parent in Southern California, can stop off at any McDonald’s and pick up a free oatmeal breakfast meal. It’s happening between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. for every child from Kindergarten through 8th grade that is accompanied by an adult at more than 620 McDonald’s in five Southern California counties, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.

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“It’s a relief for a working mother to have this healthy and quick alternative that they can eat in the car,” said New, who is a second-generation McDonald’s restaurant owner. Her mother Carol Massie founded five McDonald’s in , and three in —including the landmark one near the intersection of just in front of Marilyn Monroe’s star.

The McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal is 290 calories and made with 100 percent natural whole grain oats and topped with about a half cup of real fruit including, fresh diced red and green apples, tangy dried cranberries and two types of sweet plump raisins. According to McDonald’s it is rich in dietary fiber and Vitamin C, “providing an excellent source of nutrients and offering warm smiles with every spoonful.”

New said it's a way to get people into the famous fast-food place to see other healthy items on the menu—like salads, grilled chicken sandwiches and juices. New plans to notify Carpenter Community Charter School around the corner from her Studio City shop know about the deal.

"McDonald's is committed to helping children start of the day the right way," New said. On Tuesday, they can do it for free.

John September 04, 2012 at 06:43 PM
So oatmeal is healthy? I think not. It has a higher glycemic index than a Soda, so why not include a Coke for breakfast? A bowl of oatmeal and a glass of orage juice is probably the worse way to start the day. This is a great example of why people need to take their health into their own hands and do some research and not assume that the words on the box, which are also known as marketing, have your best interest in mind. Funny how people don't trust their mechanic but are willing to bet their lives on food packaging, even though it effects their health. We eat 3 times a day and it effects our health more so than an oil change that we get 4 times a year. You don't have to be really smart to understand food, but you have to be willing to take time for you and your loved ones.


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