#FoodFri Tweetchat: It's Not A "Poor Kid" Issue
Growing up, my Mami stressed the importance of breakfast. She knew it fueled my day, giving me the energy I needed to pay attention in school. Today, research shows school breakfast participation has been linked to fewer occurrences of student hunger, decreased tardiness and absenteeism, as well as, improved focus and cognitive abilities. Children who eat breakfast perform better academically and experience fewer visits to the school nurse. So, Mami was right - breakfast is important!
Unfortunately, the traditional breakfast model where students eat in the cafeteria before the morning bell rings does little to ensure all students eat a healthy breakfast daily. Late bus schedules, long security lines, late arrivals, and the "poor kid" stigma associated with the program have contributed to low participation in the school breakfast program. A report issued earlier this year by the Food Research and Action Center found that for every 100 low-income children eating school lunch, only 51 ate school breakfast. With one change the number of students eating school breakfast dramatically changes, removing the "poor kid' stigma.
Schools and states that shifted serving breakfast from the cafeteria, and into the classroom, saw dramatic increases in the number of children eating school breakfast.
Join #FoodFri, on August 15, 2014 at 1 p.m., EST, with @MomsRising and @FRACtweets to promote the link between school breakfast and student achievement! Let's spread the word that school breakfast participation improves educational outcomes for school children nationwide!
It's not a "poor kid" issue. It's about healthy children. Join us and spread the word!
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.To learn more about FRAC's work, visit their website, frac.org. You can also follow FRAC on Twitter and Facebook.