Guest post by Alison Maurice
Nationally, on an average school day in the 2015–16 school year, 12.1 million low-income students participated in school breakfast, an increase of nearly 433,000 children from the prior school year. While this is definitely progress, there is still room for improvement, especially at the middle and high school levels, where school breakfast participation has often been lower than at the elementary school level.
Guest post by Alison Maurice, MSW, child nutrition policy analyst, Food Research & Action Center
Why celebrate the 2017 National School Breakfast Week? School breakfast not only fights hunger and improves young people’s nutrition, but it is a vital tool for improving the academic achievement of your students. (more…)
Guest post by Mieka Sanderson
Hunger is a particular menace to students living in high-poverty neighborhoods and consequently places these youth at an academic disadvantage. Students experiencing hunger have lower math scores and are more likely to repeat a grade.
Fortunately, the Community Eligibility Provision, an option available nationwide to high-poverty schools, empowers school districts to ensure children do not go hungry during the school day by providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge—and now is the time for school districts to sign up for this powerful new provision. Interested school districts should apply by August 31 but may be able to apply throughout the 2015-2016 school year by contacting their state child nutrition agency.
Community eligibility has a history of success. In the 2014-15 school year, more than 14,000 schools participated in community eligibility, offering free, healthy school breakfasts and lunches to more than six million students. (more…)