We live in a country that boasts to be the richest in the world, and yet we are a country that sends kids to school hungry. Child hunger is a serious issue in America today.
Dr. Howard Taras, professor of pediatrics at the University of California–San Diego, writes in the Journal of School Health, “In two of the three studies conducted in the United States, food insufficiency was associated with significantly poorer cognitive functioning, decreased school attendance, or diminished academic achievement.”
Today there was a public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee for House Bill 1295 concerning breakfast-after-the-bell programs. This measure is to ensure kids in Washington state receive breakfast after the start of the bell on school days. I fully support this measure, and encourage the citizens of this great state to support it too. Hungry kids are less attentive in class which leads to poor grades, and are more likely to become disciplinary problems.
We owe it to our kids to provide the best possible alternatives to become the leaders we need. The investment in our kids today, is an investment in our future.