Every child should start the school day with a healthy breakfast.
Studies show that students who skip breakfast generally have slower memory recall, make more errors and are more likely to be absent or tardy and to repeat a grade. Students who eat breakfast generally have better vitamin and nutrient intake, enjoy overall healthier diets and are less prone to being overweight or obese.
Limited food budgets, challenges with early work schedules and transportation, or children who won't eat early in the morning make it difficult for many families to provide a healthy breakfast every morning. Too often children arrive at school without the fuel they need to be active participants in the classroom.
The School Breakfast Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plays a crucial role in making sure kids get the food they need to focus and excel in the classroom. Barriers, including stigma and transportation logistics, cause school breakfast participation rates to be low.
There are creative, low-cost ways to increase school breakfast participation. No Kid Hungry North Carolina is working with child nutrition directors, teachers, principals, school food service directors, parents and students to implement new ways to serve breakfast such as offering Breakfast in the Classroom or Grab N’ Go options that make breakfast a part of every student's morning schedule.