Did you know that public schools across America provide nearly 12 million breakfasts to hungry children each day through the School Breakfast Program? The first full week of March every year is National School Breakfast Week. This is a week to celebrate all of the amazing things that schools are doing across our nation to help feed hungry kids. Best of all, on average, these meals are more nutritious than breakfast consumed elsewhere.
Today, I wanted to share a great passion of mine, for Fighting Hunger In America, and talk about National School Breakfast Week. School breakfast is the only breakfast some kiddos are getting, and it’s important to bring awareness to this program, and to make sure that more kids are eating. Kids who don’t eat breakfast struggle with focusing on school, get sick more often, and miss school. When these kids miss school, chances are, they aren’t eating at home, and if they are, it’s not nutritious. It breaks my heart, and is why I aim to help feed America!
What Is National Breakfast Week?
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) celebrates the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. This year’s theme, “Take Off with School Breakfast,” reminds parents and stakeholders that a healthy school breakfast helps ensure students’ academic success in school so they can “take off” and reach their goals.
In these uncertain times, busy weekday mornings make it even more of a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast, so it is a great time to try school breakfast! NSBW is the perfect time to bring attention to your current breakfast program and educate parents on the options available.
Studies show that children who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
- Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
- Score higher on standardized tests
- Have better concentration and memory
- Be more alert and maintain a healthy weight
You can learn more about National School Breakfast Week on the The School Nutrition Association website. The SNA is recognized as the authority on school nutrition, SNA has been advancing the availability, quality and acceptance of school nutrition programs as an integral part of education since 1946.