Editor’s Note: As kids head back to school, we shift our focus from summer meals to school meals. Since teachers are on the front lines of America’s childhood hunger crisis, witnessing the effects of hunger on a child’s development every day, we surveyed them about their experiences. Hunger In Our Schools, Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report serves to raise awareness about this issue. Additionally, we asked a few others – partners, nutritionists, and more -- invested in the fight against childhood hunger to weigh in on the findings.
School nutrition has been a lifelong passion of mine, starting when I was a sixth grade student helping in my school kitchen. Now, as a dietician and a mother, I know the critical role breakfast plays in a child’s day. Starting the school day with a nutritious breakfast allows kids to arrive at school ready to learn, concentrating on their classes instead of their empty stomachs.
Studies like Hunger In Our Schools, Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report 2012, support what School Nutrition Association (SNA), parents and teachers have said for years – breakfast is vital in making sure our children are prepared to face the day. A healthy breakfast is the fuel that gets growing kids through the day, nourishing their minds and bodies so that they can be active in the classroom and on the playground. Ensuring that all children have access to breakfast every morning through school breakfast programs is fundamental in making sure our kids flourish.
Learn more, and what you can do to help, at NoKidHungry.org/Teachers .