Breakfast = Graduation

Child hunger is a major challenge for communities across the state. It is also an invisible challenge since many North Carolinians — from policymakers to parents — don’t recognize its effect on everyone.

Did you know that almost all of the 2,500 K-12 public schools in North Carolina offer breakfast, but only half of the children who likely did not have breakfast at home don't get it at school either? More creative options are needed other than just the traditional way of serving school breakfast. What's proven to work are alternative breakfast programs—such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, and Second Chance Breakfast served after the bell rings.

Not only have these programs proven to be the most effective way to drive student participation — they’ve also led to healthier schools. Alternative breakfast means higher attendance, better behavior in the classroom, and higher academic performance.

How many kids eat breakfast?

Nationally, 93% of educators are concerned about the long-term effects hunger could have on children's education.Read more in the 2015 Teacher's Report. Visit the national Hunger in Our Schools site to see key findings from the 2015 report and videos, including an interview with our No Kid Hungry NC team member, Helen Roberts, a 30-plus year school teacher who is our School Outreach Educator and coordinates our efforts to expand School Breakfast.

What’s the impact of breakfast?

A key 2012 Deloitte study shows that – in North Carolina, if 70% of students who are eating a school lunch were also eating school breakfast – the potential impact could be:

  • 129,000 additional days of school attended per year
  • 86,000 students having better scores on math tests per year
  • And more than 21,000 additional students could graduate from high school.

Background on childhood hunger can be found here: