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McDonald's Offers Free Oatmeal Breakfast for Back-to-School on Tuesday Morning

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. For some students it's the first day of school, for others like public school LAUSD children, it will be coming back after a.

“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.

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Paul August 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM
For grown, non school students also? I love there oatmeal!
nonoise August 31, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Wow! The real story here is driving to 3 different schools? This shows how bad LAUSD schools are. The story here is really about schools. Oh, the lady is a 2nd generation McDonald's owner so all her kids go to private schools. She owns which McDonald's ? Couldn't the patch get an interview from a local McDonald's owner? How irresponsible that this successful family would send their kids to private schools and drive around wasting gas to 3 different schools. That is something everyone should have the privilage to do. School choice is the answer. And, it should not only be for a privilaged few.
bobo August 31, 2012 at 03:22 PM
So buy a McDonald's!
nonoise August 31, 2012 at 03:29 PM
McDonald's does have the best oatmeal anywhere.
Mike Szymanski August 31, 2012 at 03:33 PM
If you click on the links in the story, you will see which McDonald's she owns.
mark August 31, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Seriously this article is an advertisement for McDonald's. BTW with America's obesity epidemic it is a stretch to say anything positive about McDonald's when it comes to kids.
Nelson R Grande II August 31, 2012 at 03:39 PM
An FYI for those who care: Fruit & Maple Oatmeal 9.2 oz (251 g) Calories: 290 Fat: 4.5g Saturated Fat: 1.5g Sodium:160mg Carbs: 57g Sugars: 32g
nonoise August 31, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Mark, we should shut down the Food4Less which has the most unhealthy products on the planet. It is discusting to see what people buy in that place. Why isn't Food4Less getting some bad publicity? Only Education is the key to help people eat healthy. Putting pressure on McDonald's and other fast food restaurants to offer healthy choices has worked. Now pressure should be put on grocery stores like Food4Less to offer healthier choices and educate the public.
BEB August 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM
LAUSD schools began on Tuesday, August 14th.
Duff Strong August 31, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Or you can just not shop there. :)
Duff Strong August 31, 2012 at 06:05 PM
McD's catering to children is shady. Pretty much anyone selling to children is shady, in my opinion.
Alex August 31, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I can't believe I just read this story. Patch "journalism" is about as unprofessional as you can get, but this takes the cake. There were quite a number of stories last year about how McDonald's outmeal was very unhealthy - more sugar than a snicker's bar and 10 fewer calories than an egg mcmuffin. Not to mention the oatmeal itself has 11 ingredients for just the oats part. THIS IS NOT HEALTHY. As a father of a three year old, I feel Patch should be ashamed for publishing this proMcDonalds ad without mentioning any of this. Here's a Time article quoting the NY Times on the misleading health claims of McDonald's outmeal. http://healthland.time.com/2011/02/23/if-you-thought-oatmeal-couldnt-be-bad-for-you-guess-again/ COME ON GUYS!!!!!
Duff Strong August 31, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Don't know why anyone takes their kids to that junk hole. That place serves nothing but trash and people take their kids there in droves! I have no respect for anyone who abuses their kids in such a manner. Poor little fat kids waddling in and out of there all day.
John Tedrick August 31, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Ummm....did you even stop to consider that given the ages of her children that one child is in pre-school, the second in elementary school and the third is in middle school? Sounds like she doesn't have a choice but being forced into driving to three different schools...
HLP Frenchy August 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM
You make a lot of noise for somebody called nonoise. This article is from the studio city patch in case you did not realize it... I simply just don't go to Mc Donald because EVERYTHING is unhealthy!
nonoise September 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/food/product_nutrition.breakfast.711.fruit-maple-oatmeal-.html That oatmeal is good stuff. Great ingredients and tastes fantastic!!
nonoise September 01, 2012 at 03:24 PM
The article is in the Highland Park Patch. There is no mention the article was in the Studio City Patch.
Alex September 01, 2012 at 03:26 PM
McDonalds is not for every day but it's inexpensive and tasty food.
nonoise September 01, 2012 at 03:28 PM
You can have the oatmeal without the brown sugar if you want.
nonoise September 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Duff, maybe all the kids that eat at any fast food restaurant should be taken away from parents. Do you consider that child abuse? How about the food parents buy at Food4Less like cheap hot dogs and Sunny Delight and Top Roman soup with MSG? Education is the key and not government control. Michelle Obama is on the right track about educating the public. And, she has done a great job. But people are free to do what they want and the public is only listening a little. Much more education is needed. But forcing people to eat right is the wrong way.
Bob Peppermuller September 03, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Just like the tobacco industry. Hook'em at an early age.
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John September 04, 2012 at 03:01 AM
If any of you parents valued your children's lives you WOULD NEVER FEED THEM McDonald's.
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