An undated photo shows the rules to obtain a free breakfast at Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan Province. [Youth.cn]
The concept of free breakfasts is gaining popularity at a number of universities in China, reports the China Youth Daily.
Thousands of students at Zhengzhou University in Henan's provincial capital have been lining up recently to try to snag the free breakfasts served at the canteens, which would normally cost 3 yuan.
The daily free breakfast program at Zhengzhou University, which was originally launched in 2010, is offered to students who either run 800 meters or read for 20 minutes before the breakfast is offered, which is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30am to 7:10am.
Only 480 vouchers are provided each day for the free breakfast, with a 'first-come, first-serve' policy in place for those in the line-up.
"Though it's hard to get up at five in the morning, it's great to see so many students getting involved. Their efforts are paying dividends," said one of the students in charge of the free breakfast program.
A number of other universities around China have also started similar 'sunshine breakfast' programs.
(Source: China Plus)
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