Every child should start the school day with a healthy breakfast.
More than a quarter million NC public school students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals eat school lunch, but not school breakfast—even though it is available to them, and they likely need it.
Many barriers stand between those students and eating school breakfast, from transportation and cafeteria logistics to stigma. Innovative Breakfast After the Bell methods of serving school breakfast - including Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, and Second Chance Breakfast - can break down these barriers. No Kid Hungry NC is working with nutrition directors, principals, superintendents, and more to implement these creative, low-cost ways of increasing school breakfast participation across the state.
Breakfast After the Bell makes breakfast a part of the school day for all students, and is proven to raise participation levels on average to as high as 90 percent. And the more students who eat school breakfast, the more students getting the benefits of starting their day with a healthy meal: better academic performance, more days of school attended, fewer discipline issues, and fewer tardies.
The School Breakfast Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and plays a crucial role in making sure kids get the food they need to focus and excel in the classroom.