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School Breakfast

EVERY KID DESERVES A HEALTHY BREAKFAST

Millions of kids in America face the school day on an empty stomach because there isn't enough food at home. But, as parents and teachers know, hungry kids can't learn.

So what do we do?

It’s simple. Instead of serving breakfast in the cafeteria before the bell, we make it part of the regular day, just like lunch.

Hunger Fact:
2.8 Million

The number of additional kids eating a healthy breakfast since the launch of No Kid Hungry.

Learn More About Hunger in America

IT'S WORKING

All across the country, school districts are changing the way they serve breakfast (with help from No Kid Hungry):

  • LOS ANGELES: More kids eat school breakfast in L.A. than anywhere else in America.
  • ILLINOIS: 91,000 students will get breakfast every day thanks to a new "breakfast after the bell" law.
  • NEW YORK CITY: Every elementary school is making breakfast a part of the school day.
  • DALLAS: 98,000 kids a day now eat school breakfast in Dallas classrooms.
  • NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans has one of the highest rates of kids eating school breakfast.
  • NEVADA: The state passed a law requiring that breakfast be served as part of the school day, and the governor committed $2 million in grants for schools to make it happen.

HERE'S WHY IT WORKS

Making breakfast part of the regular school day, just like lunch, has a powerful effect on kids.

  • Kids can stay focused. Hungry kids have the food they need to excel in class. Studies show that grades and attendance rise when breakfast is served during the school day.
  • No one is singled out. When everyone eats together, it creates a feeling of community in the classroom, and kids who need that morning meal no longer feel singled out as the "poor kids."
  • It's easier. Getting to school extra early is a challenge for working families. Making breakfast part of the regular school day solves that problem.