DENVER -- Colorado kids, from kindergarten to 8th grade, get free breakfast at participating Colorado McDonald's on Wednesday, September 7 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
"Studies show there is a strong link between a wholesome breakfast and better performance in school," McDonald's organizers said.
While McDonald's is a large chain, it locally sources some of its food items in Colorado.
"McDonald's is a big supporter of dairy foods and our local dairy farmers," said Erica Grundin, the Director of Communications for the Western Dairy Association. "They get local milk from our farms."
Egg McMuffin and Egg White Delight McMuffin sandwiches served at Colorado McDonald's have cheese made with some of the milk from Sugar Hill Dairy, a dairy in Kersey, near Greeley, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.
"It's pretty neat as a dairy farmer to see a company support our industry for its health reasons," fourth-generation, Colorado farmer Shelly Dickinson told Denver7. "They're [McDonald's] health conscious, but they're very big on promoting dairy -- yogurt, milk and recently implemented using real butter."
A McDonald's company report said the company also buys beef, flour, honey, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and wheat from Colorado suppliers.
For the free breakfast Wednesday for kids, the breakfast options are an Egg McMuffin with apple slices and milk, Egg White Delight McMuffin with apple slices and milk, Egg McMuffin with apple slices and apple juice or an Egg White Delight with apple slices and apple juice.
The offer is good at most McDonald's across the state, but call your local McDonald's before you go to make sure it's participating in the special offer.