Learn why more education groups are joining efforts to promote greater access to school breakfast so that children of all income levels start the school day alert, attentive, and ready to learn – and how you can join them. The School Breakfast Program serves as a way for school children to start the day with the nutrients they need to support their health and academic potential. Children who eat breakfast perform better academically and experience fewer visits to the school nurse. In fact, research shows that participation in school breakfast has been linked to fewer occurrences of student hunger, decreased tardiness and absenteeism, and improved focus and cognitive abilities. Unfortunately, the traditional breakfast model where students eat in the cafeteria before the morning bell rings does little to ensure that all students eat a healthy breakfast daily.
Late bus schedules, long security lines, late arrivals, and the stigma associated with the program being for "poor kids" have led to only half of the low-income children that ate school lunch in the 2012-2013 school year also participating in school breakfast. To combat this disparity, education groups across the country are working to promote the link between school breakfast and student achievement with the goal of both increasing school breakfast participation and improving educational outcomes for schoolchildren nationwide.
August 19, 2014 3:00 PM Eastern