School breakfast fights hunger, improves nutrition, and empowers children to learn. In New York, 747,881 children participate daily in the school breakfast program. Learn more about school breakfast by visiting the Food Research and Action Center, School Nutrition Association and reading Jacqueline’s story below about why breakfast in the classroom is important to her family!
“My name is Jacqueline. I am a single mother of 4. Though 2 have graduated, all my kids have relied on free lunch at school. My youngest is 7 years old, in 2nd grade. During kindergarten and 1st grades, my son would often ask to eat breakfast at home before school, but most times he would just skip it. I would always try to encourage him to eat that yummy breakfast at school (as this would help me stretch my monthly food budget of $300 for a family of 4 further). But he very rarely did. He would tell me he didn’t have time to eat because he didn’t want to be late for class. He started second grade this year, and they have ‘breakfast in the classroom’ now. My son eats breakfast every single day now without the stress he previously had about eating breakfast!!!! This has been very beneficial to him, having a healthy breakfast available to him as part of the regular day. It also helps me stretch our food a little further because I don’t have to buy breakfast food during weekdays! Thank you so much! Please know that it’s working and making a difference!”